Category Archives: Birds

Cooper’s Hawk – December 2017

With the first blanket of snowfall in the backyard, I made sure there were plenty of mixed seeds out for the Dark-eyed Juncos, Blue Jay’s, and others that will be hanging out this winter. After a loud jeering call from a Blue Jay, I spotted a hawk making a dive at the feeders, a near miss. He perched in a nearby tree waiting for another attempt. This is the Cooper’s Hawk, found widely in North America and experts at grabbing a quick meal from a nearby bird feeder (not seeds mind you).

Cooper’s Hawk – December 2017

Tech Specs: Canon T4i, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens + 2x III, ISO 800, 1/800, f/5.6, 380 mm. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania, USA. Image date: December 10, 2017.

…Tom

Dance of the Northern Cardinal

This Northern Cardinal and Dark-eyed Junco (in the background) put on a nice show yesterday at my bird feeders. Canon 6D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens, ISO 3200, 1/2000 sec, f/8, hand-held and taken through my kitchen window here in Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

"Bird Dance"

“Bird Dance”

…Tom

Bird Photography – The American Robin

LSci LogoThe American Robin – nothing in Pennsylvania tells you that spring is here like the robin.  This fellow below was photographed on April 4, 2015 near my home. From information I have read, this appears to be a male.  The female has a more gray color on top and also has a white belly.

For some reason they never eat from my feeders, they prefer ground feeding.  Perhaps because the feeders are on my deck.

Taking photographs of birds really help me learn more about them, how to identify them and how awesome they are.  I can even tell what birds are around simply by listening to the songs and chirps.

This image is from a single exposure using a Canon 6D, 400mm lens equipped with a Canon 2x extender.

The American Robin, photo taken by Tom Wildoner on April 4, 2015.

The American Robin, photo taken by Tom Wildoner on April 4, 2015.

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