Ever since the painted bunting returned to southern Louisiana for the 2009 summer breeding season, I’ve been on the lookout for him. He sings heartily from the nearby forested property but seldom does he show himself. I saw him fleetingly a few times, but his extreme shyness keeps him well out of reach. Today, I sat in my blind and prayed he’d come. The singing started, with the glorious sound getting closer and closer until he landed as close as I’ve seen him this year. Snap. Snap. Snap. And then he was gone! This was as good as I could get; hopefully, there will be more opportunities before Mr. Elusive heads to Mexico for the winter months! Isn’t he just dandy! Reminds me of a box of crayons! I’m grateful to God for answering my prayer for a better view of this gorgeous little bird.