Mourning Dove

How often have you heard doves cooing from the tree-tops or the rapid beat of their wings when startled?  The mourning dove is so commonplace we don’t pay them much attention. Up-close however, this is a beautiful bird.  I am always amazed by the texture and color of the feathers. Also amazing is how the colors they display camouflage them instead of making them stand out.

Once again, nature exhibits diversity and the ability to adapt to the surroundings.  I can hardly believe what amazing sights are always just outside my back door.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
460mm @ f/9 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

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Female Downy Woodpecker

I love it when we get a variety of birds at the feeders.  It is also neat to see the pairs of male and female coming in so you can see the differences.  Here is a female downy woodpecker waiting her turn for some suet.  The only visible difference between male and female seems to be the red patch that the male has on the back of its head.  I saw her mate (probably eating at this point) but didn’t get a shot of him this time.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 800

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Who you lookin at?

I love to catch that moment when it certainly seems that the birds are looking right at you.  They may be much more interested in a competitor for the food or some predator like the neighbor’s cat but there’s that look like they are trying to communicate with you.

If we could get a somewhat sunny day, I would be spending lots of time watching these little wonders.  As of now, it looks like we’re in for another dreary winter day.  Oh well, Christmas is amlost here!!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/50 sec – ISO 320

Bluebird’s breakfast

I guess I didn’t give this guy enough warning of portrait time.  He still has remnants of breakfast on his beak.  It was obvious that the bluebirds were hungry and very anxious to get at suet and birdseed.  I frequently had 3-4 hanging off the suet feeder at the same time with others waiting their turn or fighting for a chance to get in.

I’m certainly happy to feed them and watch their antics.  It’s a great way to spend time over the holiday season!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/10 sec – ISO 320

Winter’s brightest colors

If there is a classic winter bird shot, it’s definitely a cardinal in the snow.  We don’t get the opportunity for this combination all that often in the deep south but this weekend was a special occasion.   The birds were happy to have our feeders stocked with the sudden turn to winter weather and I was very happy to watch them.  Love the contrast of brilliant red on pure white!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/14 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

Blue bird of Happiness

I definitely need to get out and do some more birding soon.  The weather has been pretty miserably hot but I need some more pictures like this.  My backyard has been a great source of interesting birds like this cheerful little blue bird.  I wish I had the great variety that David Akoubian gets up in the mountains but my suburban feathered-friends are a great joy to watch.

I’m hoping that summer relents a bit and it won’t be too long until we can start thinking about fall again but, 90+ degree days are still here for a while, I’m afraid.  I guess I will just need to find some shady spots to watch from and enjoy what nature brings.

Eastern Bluebird
(Sialia sialis)
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 – 1/125 sec – ISO 640

Bird Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society

Joyce and I spent part of Saturday morning on a Bird Walk at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  This was an event sponsored by the Atlanta Audubon Society which went trough the Nature Center grounds and out on the private boardwalk along the Chattahoochee River.

It was a very informative and enjoyable morning but we didn’t actually see all that many birds.  We did see your basic stuff – robins, mockingbirds, towhee, etc and of course there were the captive birds in the aviary displays.  The image shown here is an Eastern Phoebe who we saw along the boardwalk area.

I hope they have more walks from the Nature Center in the future so we can see what other beautiful bird breeds are in the area.

Eastern Phoebe
(Sayornis phoebe)
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/250 sec – ISO 400