Category Archives: birds
Isn’t this male ruby throated hummingbird handsome? He showed off his bright color as he approached the feeder for a drink of nectar.
Below, is a beautiful female hummingbird. She put on an air show fluttering around the same feeder for sweet nectar!
I haven’t yet been able to capture a picture of two birds at the feeder at the same time. But, maybe this will be the summer it happens! The little birds will be around into September!
Last year, I saw a fleeting flash of yellow in my yard. I wondered if a new bird had graced my backyard. The next morning, I was sitting on my back porch, camera in hand, watching for a return sighting when my neighbor called out “it’s in your tree.”
And, there it was. It was an unlikely sighting of a budgie parakeet in my dogwood tree. It didn’t stay long. I was able to snap two quick photos before it flew away. It was certainly bright and beautiful, but it seemed out of place. It was my neighbor that suggested it was a parakeet.
So, I searched for yellow birds and parakeets on-line to learn more. Then, I looked at lost bird sites to see if anyone near my area had lost their pet parakeet. I also searched for ways to capture an escaped bird just in case I had an opportunity to make a rescue.
I never saw it again. I can only hope that it somehow, safely, found its way back home.
Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: unlikely
It’s been a snow shower and freezing rain kind of day. Not my favorite weather, but the birds didn’t seem to mind as much as me. Lots of birds flocked to my backyard and bird feeder today. These red cardinals looked so pretty against the the winter white of the day.
I really can’t choose a favorite kind of bird, they are all beloved to me. I’ve only been a bird watcher for a few years, but I’m hooked! The more you look, the more kinds of birds you start to see! And, I love looking at them through the lens of my camera because I can zoom in and appreciate the fine details of the individual beauty of each creature.
If you are interested you can find more bird pictures under the birds header at the top of my page. You can see recent posts about my beloved pets Pal and Stripey Boy on my blog. So much to love! Aren’t God’s creatures grand?!
I spotted this Red Bellied Woodpecker in my dogwood tree this morning.
I was lucky to have my camera in hand when it landed!
The bird stayed long enough for me to capture his beauty in three different poses as he looked around, gracing me with a brief, but amazing, morning sighting! It was a nice way to start my day!
Posted for the WordPress weekly photo challenge: Variations on a Theme
Focusing on the vibrant colors of this Eastern Bluebird was easy while it stood among the leaves on the ground. Once it took flight, however, all focus was lost. Although it is lacking in clarity, I still like the way the essence of movement is captured in the next photo of this lovely little bird!
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: focus
Calm Haiku (Stoop)
Resting on the stoop
Sharing the heat of the day
Calms my anxious heart
This beautiful tree swallow found a place to rest in between its swooping air flights. I love to watch these birds fly above the field in the park. I also love the rare chance to see one at rest and admire its vivid coloring. This is one of my brother’s favorite birds. Since his birthday is in May, this picture seems a perfect selection for my May Changing Seasons post.
This is my fifth 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman’s photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out the Cardinal’s page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my single V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.
All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!
This red bellied woodpecker has figured out how to use my bird feeder even though it is actually designed for smaller birds. In this photo, a faint red patch on its belly, which is usually concealed by surrounding feathers, is now exposed. This is a male bird, as you can see by its red forehead, nape and crown. I never grow tired of gazing at the striking colors of the amazing creature!
Inspired by the daily post one-word prompt: exposed
This puffed-up, rain-soaked, male house finch shows off its scarlet coloring. Beautiful!
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge: scarlet
*to see more of my bird photos, click on the birds header at the top of the page
Red feathering immediately draws our attention to the cardinal. We can’t miss it. It is a stand-out bird. I have been wanting to capture a picture of a cardinal in my flowering dogwood tree. The Cardinal is the Virginia state bird and the dogwood is the state tree. Finally, I got my chance! Here is the photo, recently posted on my Instagram.
Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red
I had never walked this path before. I was almost back at the starting point when I unexpectedly spotted this magnificent bird wading in the water. I was shocked by its size since I had been watching for little songbirds. It was certainly a surprise to see this great blue heron take flight! It was also a surprise to realize I had actually managed to capture the moment!
Here it is standing tall, with its long neck extended, before it was surprised by me.
These last two pictures were taken later at a different nearby location, but it could be the same bird! I have now seen a single great blue heron standing near water at four different spots in my town!
Here is a view of its face and beak.
Isn’t this a cool bird? To see more about birds, you can click on the bird header at the top of my page.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: surprise