Thursday, January 7, 2010

Common Birds


We are getting snow today! I've been so excited about getting snow just for the bird photography opportunities it creates!




I've seen more cardinals this year than ever before, I'll be posting pictures of them later. Unfortunately the most common birds at my feeders are the mourning doves, house sparrows and starlings. I'm constantly shooing the starlings away.



I tried to create an inexpensive bird baffle out of a plastic bowl to keep them from the homemade bird dough. It helps but doesn't quite do the trick!



I'll be posting more bird pictures later and will tell you about my bird photography set-up.

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe today!

22 comments:

Carol said...

There is nothing common about these wonderful photos Robin! Terrific!

debsgarden said...

I never have luck with bird photos - I look forward to your future post on bird photography. I enjoyed these pictures of cute birds!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We got our first accumulating snow today. At least 3 inches. It is that soft powdery snow. No snowmen will be built.:( Your bird photos are nice. I love the nuthatch.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I'm a fan of all the common birds with the exception of starlings. I even love my bossy bluejays and the so intelligent crows and ravens. We feed 'em all!

Pam's English Garden said...

Your photos are stunning, Robin! My favorite is that sweet nuthatch!

Janet said...

I look forward to seeing how you set up for these great photos. That little Nuthatch is sure cute.

marmee said...

i love taking bird photos against a white back drop. they are beautiful.
happy january.

JulenaJo said...

Gorgeous photos! I don't have the photography equipment to be able to take bird shots. I look forward to seeing more of yours.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

That nuthatch is amazing, Robin! We hates starlings, cowbirds and house sparrows and shoo them away constantly as well. Love your inverted plastic bowl device. Brilliant!

Noelle said...

I love your birds. We have mourning doves and sparrows in my garden as well. Unfortunately, I also have starlings ;-)

fairegarden said...

Hi Robin, great news, for your bird photos are always so wonderful. We bought a special suet feeder from Kinsman that has an outer cage around the suet, to keep the squirrels out. It really works, although the woodpeckers and others have to work a little bit harder to get to it.
Frances

Blue said...

Your photos are amazing, my cheap Technika isn't up to the job. I'm embarrassed about my efforts at bird photography.

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shirl said...

Hi Robin, I have to say I always enjoy seeing photos of the common birds. Often, through good photos such as yours you get to appreciate the detail that is often missed. I do enjoy seeing your birds and (sorry) hearing about your battles with the Starlings.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the cardinal shots you've kept back and hearing about your set-up. Stay warm and safe... have a great weekend :-D

Gail said...

I love the winter birds that visit my garden~~Your photos are lovely and I can't wait to see your bird photo set up! I've been thinking a bird blind would be perfect to hide behind;) gail

inadvertent farmer said...

They may be common but with your photography skills they are simply lovely! Kim

Rose said...

Your photos of the birds are always so beautiful, Robin! I'm looking forward to reading your tips on bird photography, but I'm afraid I need a much better camera to get half-way decent photos. We've had a lot of juncos at our feeders, but my granddaughter and I were excited to see a red-bellied woodpecker at the suet feeder on Thursday. They don't show up here very often.

Kerri said...

Fabulous shots Robin! LOVE the ACTION shot of the Starling...and the WB Nuthatch is a fav :) Great post!!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

These photos are exquisite capturing each detail. The birds are simply adorable. I would watch them all day and have in some instances :)

Cher' Shots said...

Wonderful photography! Thank you so much for sharing your pics and your secrets. I guess it's time for me to wash my patio window. lol

Jayne said...

I feed my birds by sprinkling seed along the fence. It allows many birds to eat at once, but it makes for boring photos. I'm in awe of your photos! My most numerous birds are Chipping Sparrows and Mourning Doves. No starlings so far!

Tammy said...

Absolutely Gorgeous shots of the birds!