"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Friday, March 13, 2015

Small Bird Portraits

During the recent heavy snow and cold temperatures it has been hard to locate wildlife to photograph.  To fill the void I resorted to parking near a brush pile that sheltered a variety of birds and zooming in on them to create a sort of bird "portrait".

This tufted titmouse cooperated for a number of photographs and the early morning light was beautiful...



Yellow-bellied sapsuckers have eluded me this year, even though they are not rare at this time of year.  I was delighted when this juvenile landed in decent camera range...


White-throated sparrows are particularly willing subjects...

 
Eastern towhees come to the brush pile occasionally...
 

The last close-up in this series is a downy woodpecker...


 
Although not a "portrait" this series of three photos shows a male northern cardinal pecking at its reflection in a window.  It is close to mating time and his territorial instinct is in high gear...

 


If you ever encounter a bird attacking its reflection, rest assured that the obsession will subside in a few weeks and it will return to normal for another year.

 



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