Glad to see you back!

This winter has been pretty interesting for bird watching.  The normal gang of birds have been around but I’m also seeing more species that were new to the feeders return.  There have been a fair number of yellow feathers to watch but those were limited to Pine Warblers until recently.  A week ago, I started seeing Goldfinches and the last few days.  Now this is a new one – a Pine Siskin!

I’m going to keep up my hope that the influx of more birds means that Spring is getting closer.  I know, this might change on a daily basis but if the cold weather went away soon, I certainly wouldn’t be upset.  Meanwhile, I will just enjoy watching these beautiful creatures.

Pine Siskin
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/7.1 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

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New Visitors

I seem to be getting some new visitors to the yard recently.  This one has been a challenge to get a decent image of.  I have been noticing a plump little grey and white bird in the trees recently.  I thought it was a phoebe but until yesterday, couldn’t get a clear shot.  It’s almost like they were avoiding the camera.  Whenever one was close enough, it would turn its back and hide its face.  I finally got an opportunity with good light and this one decided to pose.

I don’t know if the new arrivals are just taking advantage of the food I put out or if they are moving into the area for some other reason.  It is nice to see the return of some birds that disappeared at summer’s end and to have some new visitors that haven’t been here before.  Hopefully, they will stick around and return year after year.

Eastern Phoebe
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/7.1 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

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Red sky at Night

I will never cease to be amazed by how much the weather can change in a short period of time.  This was the scene from our front yard on Sunday night.  Monday, we had high temps near 60 and today, the schools are closed in anticipation of a snow storm.  You can’t complain that there’s not variety of seasons in Atlanta.  Sometimes you get them all in one week!

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
58mm @ f/4.5 – 1/10 sec – ISO 800

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Not an easy target

Nuthatches are frequent visitors to my feeding station but I seldom get a good shot because they are small and fast moving.  Every time I try to catch one, it flits to a spot and zips off before I get the focus set or it moves and I end up with a blurred image.

I was hoping to catch one hanging upside down as they are often seen but, had to go with what I could get this time.  We see these little clowns zig-zagging up and down the pines and squeeking at each other all the time.  Along with their cousins, the White-breasted nuthatch, they are welcome sights in the yard.

Brown-headed Nuthatch
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/7.1 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400

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Braving the cold

There are times when I see birds that seem to be posing for a picture.  This little finch made me think of images of Napoleon Bonaparte, with his chest stuck out in defiance of the harsh world surrounding him.

The cold, windy weather was probably all he was concerned about but, the pose was so striking, I wanted to share it with others.  Hope you are all able to face whatever harsh conditions are in front of you with as much courage.

House Finch
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #Finch #winter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Winter color

Cardinals always bring that splash of red in the winter landscape.  It’s looking like I may have an opportunity for some cardinals in the snow shots this coming week.  That would be good for bird images but, I’m ready for warmer weather.  Of course, we all know that Atlanta has broad swings in temperatures this time of year.  I guess I shouldn’t expect it to be any different this time.

Northern Cardinal
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/60 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #Cardinal #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Off season

When the winter weather gets drab and dreary, some birds do the same thing.  Many birds have extremely colorful plumage in the breeding season (usually spring) and then tone down afterwards.  It is believed that this is natures way of conserving energy.  Those bright colors also make the birds more noticible.  Good for attracting mates, not so good for hiding from predators.

In any case, I was glad to spot a Goldfinch at the feeders this week.  They seem to come and go as the seasons change.  We’ve seen a good number of Pine Warblers so, I kind of assumed that a yellow bird would be one of them but a closer view proved it was a finch.  Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the goldfinches will start to show those bright yellow colors again.  I’m kind of tierd of the cold weather!

American Goldfinch (Winter non-breeding colors)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D500
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/60 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #Goldfinch#Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron