I love photographing birds for several reasons. 1) It’s difficult to get close to them so there’s built-in challenge. 2) They’re pretty little things. 3) Sometimes you see one that shouldn’t be in your neighborhood. I get a little thrill with that last one.
Now that we’re deep in climate change, I suspect birds will be showing up out of their range a lot more often.
Backyard feeders are always interesting. This is a common sparrow, but look at the beautiful color patterns on his back. Even the most ordinary birds are gorgeous.
I spotted this trio while driving down a gravel farm road in western Wisconsin early one morning. They were playing in a pool of water that would soon vanish; it was the result of rain overflow. This is a male and female shoveler duck. I have no idea what the smaller bird on the left is. He showed up in the photo and I liked him, so I left him there.
This last picture was taken through the back door at my aunt and uncle’s house. It was snowing pretty hard and this male and female cardinal made a great picture. Notice the ‘cardinal’ at the top of the pole? An unexpected whimsical touch.
Male cardinals always seem to be glaring at me. Must be that black marking across their eyes.
See you Friday!