WWC: Fine Feathered Friends

January 2, 2008

We had a wonderful snow for New Year’s Day and the feeders were full. The birds were waiting in line, which gave me a great opportunity to practice with my camera. Moving from a point and shoot has been a matter of confidence building for me. With my sight slipping a bit, I really didn’t think I could focus better than the camera. As a result, I have been sorely disappointed in the quality of my pictures. So this day I shut off auto-focus and tried it on my own. I know I have a ways to go, but I am so excited about the results! Anyway, here is my contribution to the Weekly Words Challenge…

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This week’s words are Brown and Pattern
thanks to Tink over at Pickled Beef.

Shades of Brown

Mourning Doves

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Mama Cardinals

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Pattern

Junco on the Wire

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Goldfinch on the Wire

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Are you seeing the pattern yet?

Papa Cardinal on the Wire

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Mostly they are polite and wait their turn!

This Red Finch is guarding his spot.

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And the little Wren on the tray is not the least bit interested in me or my camera!

 

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16 Responses to “WWC: Fine Feathered Friends”

  1. tod Says:

    Your pictures are amazing. I love their little clawed feet!

  2. mjd Says:

    Your pictures are beautiful. Are you looking through a lens as you shoot the pictures or are you looking at a LCD screen? Also, did you use a zoom feature of camera to get the bird close-ups?

  3. Tink Says:

    Ah! Your pictures are FANTASTIC! I love the detail and color. As of late, our neighborhood has become the meeting and mating ground for over a thousand hawks. It’s an amazing site. Unfortunately (or should that be “fortunately”?) they don’t roost in our yard, so I can never get any pictures.

  4. Jay Says:

    Those pictures are really great! I love them.

  5. chrisb Says:

    I am truly amazed at the variety and beauty of the birds you photograph. To me these are fantastic shots wish I could take a picture half as good.

  6. Jinks Says:

    Enjoyed the birds as well as the rest of your blog.

  7. Hilary Says:

    Absolutely beautiful shots. I think their seeds were foritified with eggnog… those birds are all wired. 😉

    They’re lovely. 🙂

  8. dilling Says:

    “Like a bird on a wire
    Like a drunk in a midnight choir…”

    I adore that little junco the most…and the goldfinch next…something about the roundness of them, I think.

  9. Freakazojd Says:

    Oh my goodness, your photos are fabulous!! You have a lot of birds in your area…so nice. Our front hedge has had a “gaggle” of chickadees in it for the last few weeks. I love when they visit…such happy little sounds coming from my front yard. 🙂
    Happy new year!

  10. gawilli Says:

    Tod – I love the claws also, but I really like the way they are all fluffed up!

    Mjd – This camera has an LCD screen but it is only to work with the settings and review what your picture looks like afterward, so I am looking through a tiny little view finder. I also have a zoom lens, but can crop the pictures if the focus and detail is good enough. I would really like a telephoto lens, but they are way too expensive for a beginner like me. We looked at them at Christmas, and I decided I really need to learn some more before making that kind of investment.

    Tink – Oh my heavens! I would be camped out wherever the hawks are. We generally have a few, but they are all gone this winter. That many in our little neck of the woods would make mincemeat of my little critters I’m afraid.

    Thanks, Jay!

    Chris – I really am amazed also. Our little neighborhood is nestled between an Interstate and two other major roadways. I’m glad they are sticking around.

    Jinks – Glad you stopped by!

    Hilary – Wired! So funny! Thanks for the kind words. Your photos are an inspiration for me.

    Dilling – I recognize that from my exploration of Leonard Cohen from one of your posts. “…I have tried in my way to be free.” I love it.

    Happy New Year, Freakazojd! I love to hear the bird sounds also, but I don’t hear them much in the winter unless they are unhappy with a fellow feeder. Then they just squawk!

  11. daddy d Says:

    Nice work. The pictures all look good to me. The number of different kinds of birds is impressive.

  12. Big John Says:

    It snowed for the first time here in the UK today.
    Plenty of birds about, but the ones on my feeders are all little hooligans, a bit like many young Brits. 😉

  13. nessa Says:

    Spectacular photos.

    I see the pattern, I see the pattern (waves hands in the air like a two year old.)

  14. G-man Says:

    Happy New Year!!!

    Excellent photos. I suck at trying to catch birds. Does your camera have different focus “options” like closest subject or center ? My Nikon sometimes does not focus on what I want. Some of that has to do with contrast. It wont focus on a white wall, but put a black stripe across it and it will focus on that.

    Have fun learning you camera. 🙂 Looking forward to your WWC contributions.

  15. corky Says:

    Beautiful pics! I wish we would get a good snow.


  16. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures. They are wonderful!!


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