As spring starts to s-l-o-w-l-y unfold across the Midwest, I’ve grown increasingly envious of all the amazing bird shots my fellow photobloggers are sharing of cardinals (from newly hatched to adults), peacocks, bald eagles, and other feathered friends. Instead of turning into a green-eyed,
monster photographer, I put a plate of bird seed out on my back deck in order to try shooting a variety of birds at close range from inside my house rather than trying to get close enough “in the wild” out on trail walks with my less-than-world-class camera lens.
So far I’ve experienced mixed results. I’ve been able to attract a lot of beautiful birds to my free all-you-can-eat-buffet, but unfortunately Cali is so attracted to the birds that her kitty nose pressed up to the other side of the window often scares many birds away before I can grab my camera, get into place, and squeeze the trigger. I’m dying to get a good shot of a mating pair of cardinals that keeps visiting, but Cali seems especially attracted to daddy cardinal’s gorgeous red feathers.
In the meantime, here’s a shot of a black-capped chickadee that I think turned out well enough to share…
“All my life I have tried to learn as the chickadee learns, by listening—profiting by the mistakes of others, that I might help my people . . .”
Chief Plenty Coups, last hereditary chief of the Crow Indian Nation
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