bird-watching in the snow

Bird-Watching In The Snow

Today is all Winter Bird Photography – Winter days leave us with a shortage of daylight hours for photography but you don’t have to venture far to photograph birds during this season, making them a perfect subject choice. When preparing to photograph garden birds, don’t simply put the food out in your garden and expect them to come immediately – rather, feed them through the whole of the winter, and you will be rewarded with a rich variety of garden visitors. If you are using a bird-blind, be sure it’s in place for a few days before you even attempt to use it.

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photographing female cardinals

Photographing The Female Cardinal

The Northern Cardinal is one of the most popular birds, and is the official state bird of no fewer than seven states. The Female sings mainly in spring before start of nesting makinging them easy to locate. The song is a loud string of clear down-slurred or two-parted whistles, often speeding up and ending in a slow trill.

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Woddpecker Photos

Woodpeckers In The Yard

Woodpeckers can be found in wooded areas all over the world, except in Australia. While most birds have one toe pointing back and three pointing forward on each foot, woodpeckers have two sharply clawed toes pointing in each direction to help them grasp the sides of trees and balance while they hammer on their chosen tree trunk. Some species even drum on trees to communicate to other woodpeckers and as a part of their courtship behavior.

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Fun With Flower Photography

Floral Inspiration

A little floral inspiration for you today. These are some flower shots that I have posted over the past coupe months that got some good attention and feedback, so I decided to post them here. So if you are looking for some colorful nature to make you smile on a cold winter day, then taking a look these photos may just be the thing you need!

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white-breasted nuthatch photography

Birding – The White-Breasted Nuthatch

The White-Breasted Nuthatch is probably my favorite bird to watch. They are highly active, fast movers and have tremendous acrobatic control of their movements. Simply sitting and watching them traverse the trees and feeders walking down the sides of trees and hanging from branches to eye insects and predators can easily fill an afternoon of entertainment for me. Today’s post is all about my favorite backyard bird with several photos of their poses and antics.

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photography from the feeder

Shots From The Feeder

I typically don’t post birding shots on the site when they have bird feeder, birdhouse, birdbath, etc. in the photo. Mostly because they don’t really sell or engage with people very well. But with a long weekend I didn’t get much time to get a photo post together for today, so I rummaged through some recent bird-watching shots, and broke my rule to get a post up for today. Hopefully you will enjoy :)

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backyard birding late in the season

Backyard Birding Late In The Season

Today is a roundup of backyard birding photos that don’t really fit into a specific breed or category. Just some random shots that have been taken late in the season .With the odd weather we have had, there have been more birds active in the late months of the year, making this a guy, one happy photographer. Now, onto the birds!

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fun with topaz glow

Fun With Topaz Glow

I have quite the collection of 3rd party tools that I like to use in my photo processing routines. Many of them are used seldom, or for one-off type purposes. However the Topaz Labs Collection is a suite of tools that I utilize on a daily basis. A favorite of mine is Topaz Glow, which I use on a lot of my “artistic” images in one way or another. Today’s photos are some recent shots that Topaz Glow was used on. I hope you enjoy! If you are interested they offer a free trial period, and if you choose to purchase, use coupon code: TOPAZ2015  to get 35% off at the Topaz Store. I know it’s valid thru December 31st at least, but hopefully it will be extended.

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