Saturday, April 08, 2006

Floating Around the Yard in Sunshine

I spent the afternoon drifting aimlessly around the yard ogling birds. Grabbed the digiscoping rig because the light seemed favorable and cranked off a few dozen frames. Still figuring out how differently one must think when photographing birds than when simply watching birds. The strategies are completely different.

This beautiful female eastern bluebird is incubating five eggs in this new nest box.

It was a fine way to while the afternoon away while the rest of the family was cavorting at the elementary school festival, and I was alone on the farm waiting for a friend to show up. In the meantime, the birds kept me company and the sun reminded me about the promise of spring.

The fluffy fibers of this piece of rope will be lining this Carolina chickadee's nest.

The chipping sparrows are back and singing all around the yard. We'll save clippings from our haircuts, toss them out in the yard, and find the hair-lined chippy nests next winter when the leaves (and chippies) are long gone.


At 11:36 PM, Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

I love the chickadee shots!

I toss shed bunny fur in the yard for the birds.

At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh these are mighty fine photos. Nice to know the bluebirds are thriving.

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Cindy said...

sweet shots, love the chickadee rope :)
and as far as photographing birds vs. watching them, it's not that much different. The more field experience a photographer has under their belt, the better photos they'll get because
a- you know where to find them
b- you're familiar with their behavior & habits
c-you will notice things with a camera that you didn't see with binoculars or a scope because when you're focused on that one bird, tunnel vision tends to set in.. photography has enhanced my enjoyment & appreciation of birds in so many ways. Have fun :)


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