Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Beautiful Birds

Since we bought the new Canon PowerShot digital camera I’ve been having fun taking pictures of birds. Looking out through the glass doors I can capture woodpeckers feeding on the suet hanging on the edge of our porch. The ‘downy’ woodpeckers will stay right there and let me photograph them, but the bigger ‘hairy’ guys are scaredycats and will flit away as soon as I inch up to the glass. I’m learning how difficult it is to get a good photograph of a bird!
In January my hubby rigged up a clothesline between the porch and a nearby maple tree on which we’ve hung several bird feeders.

There’s a pulley so that we can easily winch them in for filling, and then push them back out away from the porch.

The messy birdies (mainly the sparrows) were leaving too many ‘presents’ on our porch when the feeders were hanging from the edge of it, so something had to be done!

This system works well, as they tend to sit on the line rather than the porch, but they’re still close enough for us to see their comings and goings. The suet cage and 2 net suet bags still hang from the porch though, and this brings the woodpeckers close enough for me to get some reasonable pictures of them. I love to watch their antics!

Although we have quite a variety of birds visiting our feeders, I haven’t had much luck getting many good photos yet, but it’s fun trying. Most birds startle easily.

The cheery, cheeky chickadees (how’s that for alliteration Jelly?) are quite bold, but they rarely sit still for long. We have the ever-present resident flock of sparrows. Recently one little fellow plopped down in the snow right outside the glass door and just sat looking in at me for a while.

Of course I took the opportunity to snap its picture. At first I thought it might be hurt, but when I called hubby to come and see it, it startled when it saw him and flew away.
I’d love to some day have a digital camera with a bigger zoom lens so that I could get better close-ups of the birds, but the little Canon is easy to carry around and I’m having fun learning how to use it.


Val said...[Reply]

Oh Kerri, what lovely photos! My zoom gets nowhere near anything like this. I suppose I could sit in the new summerhouse structure, and use it like a bird hide. I would love to take photos like these. You have a talent!

By the sound of it, you are warming up more quickly than us. *goes off the check how to do the degree thing*

Alice said...[Reply]

Kerri - the birds are pretty and different from ours, except the sparrow. But what interested me most in your photos was the scenery.

Please, can you get up on the roof and take some more shots? No, don't do anything that dangerous, just an upstairs window will do.

Being the sticky-beak that I am, I'm anxious to see what you can see in your everyday life - your larger garden, ie. your views.

Motherkitty said...[Reply]

Kerri, your photos are stunning. I am a bird watcher also and have several feeders around the house. I absolutely love hummers, but also have most of the same birds you get. We have put out so much food this winter but the grackles, starlings, and other parasite birds keep eating all the food. They just about suck it down.

This last round of bad weather I put an aluminum tray full of food out on my deck and we are getting quite a few to come eat at that.

I just absolutely love your pictures. Can't wait for more.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...[Reply]

Well it seems that you are taking very good pictures with your canon sure shot. I would love to be able to snap pictures of woodpeckers like you have...those are great shots of birds.

And like Alice said, the scenery is great and just makes us want to see more...we all seem to have sticky-beaks.

Shell said...[Reply]

What sweet tiny little birdies! I love this last picture of the tiny sparrow - so plump and cute. I'm surprised you have so many birds around when you have so many cats as well! Haha - good thing the cats get well fed by you, or the birdies might be in some trouble. Lovely photos, and lovely to see the creatures in your part of the world.

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...[Reply]

Good thing you don't have cats. That was pretty nice for you to hang feeders for them to feed. At least it shows you their gratitude for feeding them by posing for you.
We don't have those kind of birds here. They're pretty. Except for the sparrow, it looks very like our local birds here. We call it "Maya"

Sigrun said...[Reply]

Wunderful photos, Kerri. But I can not make photos from the birds, because the cats are allways behind me.
I use the same camera than you, Kerri.


Dianne said...[Reply]

Hi Cindy!
What great photos of your feathered friends!
I have a Canon powershot, but it's going on 4 yrs old. I like it, but not the zoom capacity. How do you like the zoom?

jellyhead said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri!

Thanks for the bird photos - I especially loved seeing the woodpecker.

And I admired the alluring, amazing alliteration! (he he)

Connie and Rob said...[Reply]

Love the pictures of the birds. Wish I had a set up like that to see the birds up close and personal. Sounds very fun.

Take care,

shellyC said...[Reply]

I think all your bird feeders are fantastic!!!

Great photos too.

Judith Polakoff said...[Reply]

Hi, Kerri. What a wonderful system you have there for birdfeeding! We had to remove all our birdfeeders from the back porch last winter because one morning we awoke to find two very large RATS scooping up all the spilled feed. The rats hung around for a while, too, trying to find a way into our house. Yikes! So we haven't had feeders for a while, but the funny thing is the birds seem to remember where our feeders were located and we still get a lot of bird visitors. I'm also surprised that you don't have a problem with all the cats, but perhaps they're too busy going after the mice in the barn. :) In any event, I really enjoyed your photos. Happy spring!