Three male and one female Purple Martins showed up at our place today. Birds were late coming in until this last weekend when we suddenly started getting a lot of species showing up. This was taken in pretty bright, late morning sun and I used settings that barely kept from blowing out the white plastic gourds which really brought out the colors that you so rarely see in this species.
Is this a composite: No
Sony A7Riv, FE200-600 + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, tripod with ballhead and Sidekick mount, f/9, 1/2500, iso 1000, manual exposure, processed in LR & PS CC. Cropped to 7690x4922 and straightened for appearance. Cleaned up some bird droppings on the gourd and used a levels adjustment layer on the bird to actually bring the darks down a trifle because they were a bit brighter than I liked.