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Some Backyard Birds

I only recently started to photograph my backyard birds. I've never been much for photographing birds probably because my attention span is just about the same as some of the birds in the following photos. In the past 2 weeks I set up a feeding station and started to observe their behavior. I started off by photographing them at the feeder but then tackled getting shots of them in the adjacent Rose of Sharon before they went onto the feeders. I think I am getting the hang of it and have done fairly well.

Purple Finch. These are quite common to see at the feeding station.

Purple Finch. A closer shot of another purple finch.

Finch. The finches are very curious birds.

Finch. The light was almost perfect.

Finch. Hidden a bit deeper in the Rose of Sharon.

Tufted Titmouse. Another common sight at the feeder also one of the noisiest.

Tufted Titmouse. These are a little more skittish than the finches which seem to be very curious in comparison.

Male Cardinal. He shows up regularly and is becoming more comfortable with my presence each day.

Juvenile Cardinal. The juvenile cardinals are very curious.

White Breasted Nuthatch. These are the hardest ones to get so far. They are not very common at the feeding station and they come quick and leave just as quickly.

Blue Jay. The blue jays are the largest of the birds to eat from the feeders so far.

Some of the images above can be viewed in my gallery in a larger format.  Below are the links in order for anyone who may be intersted.

http://www.myfinepix.com/gallery/259473/304787

http://www.myfinepix.com/gallery/259473/304789

http://www.myfinepix.com/gallery/259473/305098

http://www.myfinepix.com/gallery/259473/305105

http://www.myfinepix.com/gallery/259473/304550

http://www.myfinepix.com/gallery/259473/304792

http://www.myfinepix.com/gallery/259473/304543

 

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 15:32
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Great blog, lovely clear photos.

Your birds are so different to the birds that visit my garden in Wales.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 15:41
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Great Blog

Love the clear pics, i wish i had a good variety in my garden, its pigeons, pigeons and more pigeons, maybe the odd blackbird lol

Thanks for sharing, well done

Nadine

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 15:42
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You could say that you are getting the hang of bird photography.  Hehe.

My faves are the Northern Cardinals.  Such a beautiful coloUr.

Nice blog Laurie.  Well done.

Bokeh

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 15:46
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Shame you don't live in the UK Laurie,we get some lovely sparrows in our gardens LOL Smile

 

great blog and smashing pictures Smile

 

 

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 15:46
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Excellent. Love the second one - in fact, I'm goin to head over to your gallery and fav it Wink Smile

Can I ask what your using for these shots?

Awesome.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 15:50
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Wow Laurie, that didn't take long to 'get under your belt', but then, once the technique is mastered, it's like anything else.

Well done you.  Great pictures.

Jen xx

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 15:58
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Thanks all.  We get a lot of sparrows, doves, starlings, grackles and (large) American robins but they seem to prefer ground feeding in the backyard to the stations with the exception of the Doves who love to pick up the mess beneath the feeders.

Fraser...I've been shooting with my D700 with my Nikkor (Nikon) 70-200mm f/2.8 usually with a (Nikon) 2x teleconverter atached.  I can get in very tight with that set up right from my family room windows and shoot from between maybe 10-15 feet from the birds.  I haven't tried my HS10 for them but that is because I am used to the speed of the D700 and lenses.  I am sure my HS10 would do a decent job.

PS...I forgot to mention a tri-pod with ballhead.  I find if I keep the ballhead loose enough, just slightly resistant, I can maneuver well and am able to get the sharpest images but still have the ability to follow them and focus easily.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 16:02
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Hi Laura, I've viewed much of your work and this is upthere with the rest. Stunningly beautiful shots of the birds. You are not GETTING the hang of it, you have GOT it. Great work.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 16:05
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Lovely blog Laurie, and some great images.  I love the Tufted Titmouse!!  So cute!

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Kev

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 16:12
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Kev...I find them really charming too.  They are by far the loudest in the garden and their "hairdo" reminds me of the boxing promoter Don King...lol.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 16:18
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Some lovely shots there , I particularly like the blue jay , what a very handsome bird

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 17:05
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Beautiful photographs of beautiful birds.  My favourite shot is the second tufted titmouse. Even though it's partially hidden by a leaf, its alert and perky nature shines through.

I also appreciated the "technical notes" you added later.  I have a lot to learn about photographing anything that moves. 

Thanks for posting.

judypw

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 17:51
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Great images.  Good enough for any nature magazine or publication.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 18:26
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Beautiful shots Laurie and nice composition...Well done.

Bob Cairns

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 18:39
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Nice shots Laurie. Wish we had birds like that in UK.

Mike

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 19:19
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fantastic little blog with some beautiful bird pictures.  I wont pick a favourite but I think that Cardinal bird couldnt be better named, he really does look like a wee cardinal in those clothes.  Lovely stuff Laurie.

So long and thanks for all the fish

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 19:39
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Yeh,  you are about getting the hang of it, only just though!!!!  Bloomin brilliant photoblog Laurie, each one a corker.

I am so envious cos I thought I was a bit of a bird man,  but I have to give in,  beaten by bird woman!!! 

PS: Camera for sale,  any takers!!!

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 19:56
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Cracking blog Laurie.  Every picture gets the thumbs up to me but tufty us my fav.  Nice job.

All the best

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 20:10
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Steve I wouldn't go that far.  I still have to catch them in flight.  That's not something I expect to master any time soon.

These are about the closest I've come so far with flight around the feeder.  They are far from sharp where I want them sharp.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 20:32
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Nah Laurie, i still think you need some practice hahaha these are wonderful shots, something im trying to master at the minute too. But with my wonkey eye i have had to give up for the time being!!!

Dont those birds go through sooooo much seed, i just bought another 8kg box for them mmm wonder how many days it will take them to polish it off!!!

Keep up the good work, that little tufted titmouse is my fav, he is sooo cute.

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 21:55
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Lovely set of images Laurie.  

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 22:05
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Great Set Laurie.

Like the last picture of the bird in flight too.

Will it enlarge?

 

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 22:46
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Hi Ray....I didn't upload a large version of those to my server.  They really aren't up to the quality I would like.  They are a bit contrasty and the birds in flight are quite soft even their faces despite being shot at 1/320 second and f/11.  They only look ok at this size.

The activity at the feeder at the time was fast and furious so I didn't really expect much from those I only thought I might get lucky with one or two.  Better planning next time will probably help.  I probably should have taken the 2x TC off to shoot those since I shot them at 140mm or so but the camera was just sitting there in the window all set up when I noticed the flurry of activity around the new feeder.  With that lens and teleconverter the DOF is still quite narrow even at f/11 and shooting at only a distance of about 8-10 feet. 

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Date Fri, 01/07/2011 - 22:55
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Really Brillant Blog that you have there Laurie well put together and thanks for sharing keep it up 

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Date Sun, 03/07/2011 - 12:45
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I never been much photographing birds is an understatement... Excellent work.  Nice composed shots.

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Date Mon, 04/07/2011 - 08:40
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A wonderful blog Lauri,  Such colourful birds, and so well captured and so perfectly clear with amazing detail.  My son lives in Oakville nr Toronto, so have seen some of these birds in his garden. I love the Blue Jays (also the baseball team Wink.)

Thank you for showing me these wonderful photos I have really enjoyed looking at them. Pam.

It does show to me however, I should get a better camera, but then I would not know anything about setting ect. I shoot all mine on Auto. Just try to get something interesting.

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Date Sat, 30/07/2011 - 21:27
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 Hi Laurie. Nearly missed this fabulous photoblog of yours as I was away. Wonderful photography. Thanks for sharing Smile

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Date Mon, 28/11/2011 - 01:35
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Brilliant clear photos, really enjoyed viewing them

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Date Wed, 07/12/2011 - 19:58
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Nádherní ptáčkové, je vidět, že nejen na autoportrét máš cit, ale i na tyhle ptačí krasavce ::Smile Já používám postprocesing jen proto, že mobil by se jinak nemohl rovnat fotkám, které vzejdou ze zrcadlovek, jinak na ozvláštnění i nornálních fotek je někdy zajímavé "trochu jemně okořenit" !

Beautiful birds, it is evident that not only on the self-portrait of you feel, but also on these birds ' pretty boy:Smile I am using postprocesing just because the phone would otherwise could not match pictures which emerge from the mirror sunglasses, otherwise i nornálních up your image is sometimes interesting bit gently spicing up '!

Ivan

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Date Thu, 24/10/2013 - 03:39
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Lovely clear pictures. I like it!!!! Regards, Otilia

Smile!!! Be Happy!!!

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