This time of year usually finds me either on the water or along the water's edge but one recent evening I decided to join Willard at the bird feeders. Of course the usual culprits were present but under the brushy cover surrounding the base of the feeders we spotted two male Towhees busily scratching and hopping about. Getting a photograph was darn near impossible because of the intervening brush and besides their coloration was dull and drab as the fed in the shadows.
All of that changed in a moment as one hopped up into the sunlight and held still just long enough for a couple of clicks with his reflective feathers aglow. A moment later both were back to business hopping around in the shadows but his "moment in the sun" was just long enough for me to add this image to my bird collection; my best image to date of the splendidly beautiful Rufous-sided Towhee.
(Thanks Paul for pointing out the name change)