Beauty Magnified–Zooming In On Birds

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Zooming in on Birds

Birds move fast.  That’s why photographers often create a natural looking perch above a feeder, or play recorded bird sounds to lure a bird in front of the their tripod mounted camera.  There’s nothing wrong with a tripod or staged bird photography but recorded bird calls interrupt the bird’s natural behaviors.  Foraging, mating, and nesting are disrupted  and the implications are serious for some species.  At Little Piney,  I don’t use recordings for the purpose of photography.  I’m usually on the move, just as the birds are, so I use a hand-held 600m zoom lens. photograph the birds in their natural behaviors wherever they are. It’s hard to get good clear photos without a tripod so I may take 30 or so to get a few sharp ones.  That’s okay–I love the results!

Here’s what you get when you zoom in on birds–

Drama

Only his the crimson throat of this Ruby-throated Hummingbird is in focus but that’s the most stunning part.  The color is not edited in this photograph.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Little Piney, Bastrop TX
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Surprises

I couldn’t see what was happening on the wire when I took this photo.  Looks like Baby Bluebird is having a chat with the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Baby Eastern Bluebird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Conversing with Baby Bluebird

Expressions

Curious Northern Cardinal sat for his portrait.

Northern Cardinal at Little Piney, Bastrop, TX
Northern Cardinal

 

Family Moments–Fathers and Babies

House wrens

Father House Finch Feeding a Baby House Finch at Little Piney, Bastrop, TX
Father House Finch Feeding a Baby House Finch
Father and Baby Eastern Bluebirds at Little Piney, Bastrop TX
Father and Baby Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds

Textures and Patterns

Baby Eastern Bluebird

Baby Eastern Bluebird at Little Piney, Bastrop TX
Baby Eastern Bluebird
Juvenile Eastern Bluebird at Little Piney, Bastrop TX
Juvenile Eastern Bluebird

 

 

4 Comments

  1. These are amazing, Tammy. It’s wonderful to watch you explore, play and develop with your bird and nature photos. Keep up the great work!

    1. Jane, Thanks for your encouraging words. I’m delighted to know you are enjoying my photos perhaps as much as I enjoy your sketches!

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