House finch family

One of the birds that have been raising young in our backyard are the House Finches.  I believe this is one of the young males that has been at our feeders regularly.  They usually come in bunches but since they seem to have figured out how to get seed for themselves, sometimes they appear solo.  This one was waiting a turn while the bigger birds were hard at work getting their fill.

I’m so happy to see all these birds bringing the next generation up.  I’m sure the circle of life goes on perfectly well without me but I love to see this right in my own yard.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
450mm @ f/9 – 1/60sec – ISO 400

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Jazz Quintet

We went out last night to enjoy an evening of music listening to our friend Doug Brown and his group – After Hours Jazz Quintet, at Alpha Soda.  This was a pleasant, relaxed setting and the music was great, of course.  Saw lots of other friends who came out to support Doug and to have a fun evening.  Great way to kick off the weekend.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
135mm @ f/6 –  1/80 sec – ISO 800

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Father and Child

It is interesting how much weather influences the behavior of animals.  With all the rain that is forecast for our area, I have noticed the the birds do their best to take advantage of any dry spell.  When it starts to look like the rain is coming in, the bird feeders get very crowded.  There are a number of different bird families trying to keep their young fed these days.  Perhaps our favorites are the bluebirds that hatched in the house that we put up.

It’s neat to watch these youngsters develop.  As you can see, they get to adult size quickly.  The chicks fledged less than two weeks ago and they are actually bigger than their parents now.  I guess gathering and delivering food to your babies all the time keeps you trim and when all you have to do is flap your wings and have food delivered, you get big quickly.  You can also see how the spotted camoflauge is being replaced by the beautiful blue that adults show.  It is certainly fun to watch this happen.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
460mm @ f/9 – 1/100sec – ISO 400

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Flowering vine

Clematis vines like the one at the mailbox in my front yard are blooming all over around Roswell these days.  For most of the year, this is just a simple vine with green leaves but in the spring and early summer they show an abundance of wonderful flowers.

I love the deep purple color of this one.  When you get a close look, you see the texture on the petals which show why this is sometimes called “Leather flower”.  The center looks to me like a fireworks display exploding into bright yellow and white tentacles.

Olympus PEN EPL6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens
30mm @ f/5.0 –  1/125 sec – ISO 200

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Curls

Here is one of those things that we very rarely get to see up-close.  The magnolia trees are blooming now.  Most of us see the big, beautiful white flowers or the seed pod with the bright red seeds but have you seen what the pod looks like before the seeds have formed?  I took a look and was surprised by the fuzzy center and the rows of curving arms that look like ferns as they are first opening.

It is amazing to think that such intricate structures surround us and we don’t even notice them most of the time.  Keep your eyes open – there’s lots to see!

Olympus PEN EPL6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens

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Yellow macro

Yesterday, I decided to try some macro shots with my little mirrorless Olympus camera.  We got a macro lens not long ago but I haven’t really put it to work much.  There seem to be a bunch of things calling out for a closer look so, I gave it a try.

This shot is one of the roses that I got my wife for Mother’s Day.  The buds really opened up to a beautiful field of yellow.  With a little indirect sunlight on them, I thought it was a cool study in a single color subject where you just focus on the lines and the texture that is displayed in the shadows and highlights.  In a way, this is like doing black and white but with yellow instead of white.

Just one more proof of the amazing beauty there is in the natural world that surrounds us every day!

Olympus PEN EPL6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens

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Down the hatch

Bluebirds are somehow, quite difficult for me to capture.  They make all kinds of noises to scare the other birds away so, I always know when they are coming.  They are very cautious when approaching a feeder and quick to fly off if anything moves nearby.  They do seem to like birdbaths though.

I caught this one taking a drink and it really struck me that they have a very specific behavior that I don’t see in most other birds.  When the Blue Jay drinks, he stoops down to get some water, scoops it up and then tilts his head back in the air to swallow.  It looks like someone gargling or trying to swallow a big bunch of pills.  I have seen birds do this when swallowing food but not so distinctly with water.

I’m sure someone will know why this is so.  There is always so much to learn when obserbing nature!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/80sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #BlueJay #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron