As persimmons ripen in December, here in the Bay Area, birds flock to feed on the sweet fruit. The feeding opportunity for a given tree typically lasts just a few days, during which time the fruit is soft and at peak ripeness. It’s fun to visit some local trees during this time to see who shows up.
A persimmon tree presents a rather difficult photographic challenge, as the structure consists of a complex web of branches which require shooting around or through. Still, I find that capturing the variety of species is ample reward. Below are 20 species which I’ve managed to photograph feeding on persimmons, some of which might surprise you.
American Robin :