Saturday, February 21, 2009

Camera Critters: Winter Birds



Photographing birds is a favorite winter pastime for many and I must admit that while I concentrate on the larger animals and waterfowl, I do enjoy photographing the visitors to the feeding station.

I usually like to have the entire bird in the photograph, but today I used the 500mm F4 with 1.4 extender attached at extremely close range for a change of pace.

Nuthatch

Male Cardinal

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23 comments:

fishing guy said...

Willard: That is very nice, great close-ups on the birds.

Noner said...

We have a male cardinal who beats up our cat and takes his food. I didn't know they liked catfood, but this one seems too.

I played CC in two spots today, Rattitude and My Ordinary Things

Ken Conger Photography said...

Nice backyard shots! Love the Cardinal head close-up. Blue Skies.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Those are incredible shots of some beautiful birds. Thanks.

ASH's Eye said...

Wow! You can count every feather!

Old Wom Tigley said...

WOW.... two beauties here Willard... the Cardinals eye is awesome.

Thanks for stopping by my place... my visiting as not been up to much of late... for that I'm sorry.

Tom

kden said...

Talk about closeups....fantastic! Love the colors and detail.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is the most awesome cardinal photo, Willard! Really nice! And the nuthatch is a beauty too.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Two beautiful shots here Willard but I especially like the way you captured the cardinal.

Nikki-ann said...

Fantastic shots! I particularly like the 1st one :)

Bradley Myers said...

Willlard, you and Coy really know how to get close to the wildlife for some great shots. Like you I prefer big game, but I am just happy taking photos.

Great shots.

Babooshka said...

I always look for the nuthatch but to date they have eluded me. As for the Cardinal is the elusive bird I will never see. Wonderful

Misty Dawn said...

Oh my gosh! Both photos are spectacular, but that Cardinal shot makes me gasp every time I look at it! That photo is absolutely stunning, my friend. Absoluteley breathtaking!

Ranger said...

Great shot bud. Keep up the good work.

RANGER

Kekiinani said...

OH My Gosh. These are outstanding. I love the top one... It is sooooo cute.. :) :)

T and S said...

Beautiful images. They are almost macro shots Willard.

Abe Lincoln said...

I stopped and read your blog and looked at the photograph. I just wanted you to know I think the birds look pretty good.

Stacey Huston said...

Great shots Willard.. thanks for sharing.. Fabulous job with the fast little nuthatch

Carletta said...

These are extremely nice Willard!
They look so soft and furry in your pictures. You really got close.

So sorry for my late visit. It's just been a long few days. :)

Shellmo said...

One of the most beautiful cardinal photos I have ever seen - so crisp - love how he's tilting his head - and how his eye is focused. And the nuthatch was in great position!

The Birdlady said...

Your birds are as wonderful as your deer! Just great.

Philip said...

WOW! that male Cardinal absolutely stunning this is the best picture I have ever seen of one !!!

Leedra said...

The Cardinal is awesome. Sometimes I find myself doing the same thing and forget how good the real close ups can be. Need to do some of both.

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