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“Mid-March Chickadee”

“Mid-March Chickadee”

“I can assure you that the life outside the front door is bright and full of life”
― Sunday Adelaja

I could not resist publishing this bright little fellow today. It’s dull,cold, and dreary outside and I’m thinking back to last week, when the sun shone through, briefly. WHile on a short stroll to get a breath of fresh air, I came across this Chickadee, also enjoying the bright sunshine from his perch among the red-osier dogwoods.

While the chickadees do stay around through the winter here, it’s been pleasant to hear them singing once more, yet another harbinger of spring, which seems to be coming in fits and starts this year.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

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“Nuthatch Smile”

“Nuthatch Smile”

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”
― Maya Angelou

I posted a nuthatch image a few weeks ago bt could not resist this one, sitting at my impromptu feeder (the base of a flower pot).

Birds have been very active lately and I’ve started to put seeds out on a regular basis for them, between squirrel invasions 😦

It’s odd for me, seeing a nuthatch sitting like this. When I see them in the forest, they are always hanging upside down, as the walk up and down the tree trunks in search of food, and I wonder if it feels odd to them to be right side up?

Anyways, this one sat still for me for a few seconds before darting off again and the soft light was just right to light him up. There’s a beautiful reflection in his eye and he does seem to have a mischievous smile, thus the title of the image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Big Bite” – Chickadee with Seed

“Big Bite” - Chickadee with Seed

“There is no mundane dimension really, if you have the eyes to see it, it is all transcendental.”
― Terence McKenna

The view from my back window yesterday afternoon, as the birds returned for a feed. I posted several images of other local birds in late December and the simple chickadees, who are frequent visitors, were omitted. I began questioning myself on that. Why was I ‘editing’ what I shared? Is the humble chickadee less worthy than the bright cardinal or more elusive nuthatch? Will the photo not impress and get more likes. Have I gotten to that point? I certainly hope not. I’ve always enjoyed seeing beauty in the mundane and sharing those moments; I don’t ever want to lose that gift, especially in these superficial times.

So, as I considered the  image again, and looked at all the wonderful details in this ‘common’ bird, I found myself seeing it anew. The soft pastel orange of the belly feathers, the fine details in the delicate wings, and incredible details in and around the eyes, often missed because they move around so quickly.

The other thing that struck me, and inspired the title of the photo was the size of the seeds that the chickadee choose. He’d land, pick one, and then fly away with it, as another bird took his place. Never once did more than one bird occupy the dish. They waited, swooped in, took a seed, and departed, for the better part of the afternoon. Then, the cycle stopped and none returned, even though there was still food in the dish.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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“Morning Meal”

“Morning Meal”

“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” 
― Mark Nepo

This past Saturday was ‘bird day’ on our backyard. The yard filled with chickadees, wrens, juncos, blue jays, and cardinals. I put a terra cotta flower pot base on our barbeque to see if I could attract a few of them closer to the window. I did not have to wait for long till this bright red cardinal landed for his morning meal. Despite being a fairly dull day, I was able to get decent light on him to be able to show some detail. They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Other birds, including the female, sat in the nearby tree watching him, but none approached the dish, even after he left, which seemed odd.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 250 mm
1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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“Junco in Mulberry”

“Junco in Mulberry”

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
― Robert Lynd

Our recent heavy snowfall has brought with it an abundance of birds seeking food, reminding me to fill the feeders. Today, our mulberry was filled with Juncos, dozens of them. They are strange little birds, as they will not go to the feeders, but rather, wait below it to gather up whatever the chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays drop.

I love the look of the juncos, with their pure white bellies and dark backs. This also makes them a bit of a challenge to photograph, since the white belly often blows the photo out, while making it difficult to bring out the details in the dark part, most particularly the eyes.

Fortunately, the dull, post-storm skies balanced out the light nicely and made this image possible.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300 mm
1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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