Walking past my bedroom window recently, I saw a Cardinal sitting outside in a nearby tree. I liked what I saw, what with the way the light was “working” with the bird and the tree leaves, and since I had may iPhone handy I tried to hold its camera lens close to the window glass. No good. I said to myself “Please don’t fly away bird” while I went to get my telephoto lens camera. Coming back to the window I was happy to see the bird still there, although it’s position had shifted a bit. I held the camera lens tight to the window glass, steadied it carefully and took the shot. I didn’t have time to check the camera’s monitor to see the result, before the redbird flew away. It was like it knew I’d reached my objective to capture the moment. I had. As you can see. One patient bird for sure.
It took only a matter of hours after I put the feeder on its usual hook to have this little guy show up. The next day I sat nearby waiting with my camera, and almost gave up before he finally returned. I’d hoped to get some high-speed, in flight shots, but alas, not to be. Still early in the year however. More will show up as they always do. Patient required.
It seems most of us have them … small wild animals and a variety of birds living close to home. Year around in many locations. Here in SW Virginia we especially have lots of squirrels and wild birds flying and running about the yard. They seem comfortable with us humans and aren’t too shy. Each in their own way can make a nice photo. However, you have to be alert, because they move quickly.
I was fortunate to see this friendly squirrel sitting on our patio fence right by the door as I peered out. He didn’t move.
Then today on a misty, cool morning my favorite type bird flew on top of our sundial to clean up seed I’d accidentally dropped after filling the nearby bird feeders. I grabbed my camera with telephoto lens and made this photo through the window glass over the kitchen sink. It’s not as sharp as it might have been had I been outside but these guys don’t linger so I had to get what I could. Photography is fun. Just keep your eyes open and camera handy.
Our neighbor George is a diligent worker. Slow but deliberate. When he sets his mind to start and complete a retirement project in between exploring trips, at home and overseas, he does so with usual success. He wanted to attract Blue Birds to nest in (what else) a “blue” house. It even has a metal roof. I told him one day I’d make some photos of it and post herein for others to enjoy. As I did. He made every part by hand. I especially note the “windows.”
First, I have to say that making photos of Blue Birds isn’t easy. They flit around very fast, and when using a 200mm lens like I was, the critters aren’t always in perfect focus. I did the best I could, however, and overall I’m happy. Here’s a gallery to see what I saw. (I note that the very early buds on the trees now, and the warmer weather insects below the trees on the ground, are attracting one of my favorite birds. Our neighbors have bird houses for them, so they are always around. Unfortunately my long lens camera isn’t. I kinda got lucky here.)
It’s a snow day here in SW Virginia. Maybe two inches, but it’s pretty. I was looking for some color and I found RED. Birds are well fed I can tell you.
Looking out our kitchen window while making a cup of coffee recently, I saw that our two bird feeders were mostly empty. It’s been very cold here in SW Virginia, and I know birds need the warmth provided by food. So, I cleaned out the feeders and filled them to the top. Walking back inside to get my just-made coffee I looked out the window again and saw this bright red Cardinal, pecking away at some of the seed that had spilled on the ground while I was filling the feeders. I suspect my favorite type bird had been waiting for me to come “do my duty” while sitting above watching from overhanging trees. After I made this photo, he flew away temporarily, apparently satisfied. My mood improved significantly after seeing the Cardinal taking advantage of our feeders. They need me, and I need them.
While we might wish for a snowy white 2017 Christmas, this photo I made earlier this month right after we had lots of the stuff, will have to suffice for us here in SW Virginia. The one below says it all. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
I’ve only seen Magpies in Alaska. Like crows, which I am very familiar with, they are not at all shy of us humans. Inquisitive birds. As I was getting into our parked rental car high up in mountainous terrain north of Anchorage, this bird landed on the car adjacent and watched me. A few years ago at the same location, I watched two Magpies harass a Fox that was trying to get near one of their small chicks huddled in a sheltered spot. The Fox gave up, being chased away by the swooping pair. The one on the car was not so hostile. To me at least. I’m pretty sure he was just looking for a hand-out of a tasty snack. Too bad for the beggar I don’t believe in feeding birds or any other critter in nature. I prefer to look and marvel at what i”m seeing.
Some photographers say that “lighting” is key to making a photo special. This one and the one below proves that, to me at least. Made these at Western North Carolina’s Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City. These rapids are a small part of the Olympic-level kayak and canoe training and championship event site.
And then there’s the bottom-feeding duck. Funny watching him bob up and down.