The term Cut Throat is one that usually conjures up a very negative connotation of someone who is not nice, is mean, is spiteful, is a bully. Basically, it’s a person who will do anything to improve his/her status in some way at the uncaring expense of others.
So when can a Cut Throat be beautiful? When it’s the colloquial name of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and so named because of the startling blood-red plumage starting at its neck line.
The Grosbeak is a member of the passerines that spend their winters in Central and South America. Then, as if in a race for its life, makes a bee-line to North America where it tries to find suitable habit, searches for a mate, rears its young and then prepares to head south again. Unlike human cut throats, the grosbeak is a stunningly beautiful animal.
Like clockwork, every year the Rose-breasted Grosbeak arrives in the North East during the first week in May – this after flying non-stop over the Gulf of Mexico, like millions of other birds do this time of year. Simply Amazing!!
This rendition uses a photo taken this week of a new arrival and applies two passes of Fractalius of different effects that are blended at less than full strength on top of the original photo. This was overlaid with a background texture for the final effect.
Enjoy this Cut Throat – but don’t be one!