Well, it was outside until last week when I dug it up and brought it indoors. Gerbera Daisy reseed and don’t produce blooms until very late in the season. Last year I pictured a white and purple one that was frosted with snow in late December.
Whether at the feeder or in the trees and shrubs, shooting wildlife takes some sneaking up on the skittish critters.
With this male cardinal, I was inside shooting through a window. With the female cardinal I went outside and photographed her high up in the tree.
The Downy Woodpecker in this post was so close, I almost could reach out and touch her. I just kept moving in very slowly. She did shimmy up the tree the closer I got though. I swear I could have plucked her from the branch.
Today she flew to the feeder I was filling and sat looking at me mere inches away. I talked to her for about 20 seconds and then she went off to the suet feeder. She was in the garden for years, so she has come to know me very well. There used to be a dove pair that I could pet while they fed. Unfortunately, a hawk snatched them one year.
The pear tree is very popular, for safety and for food. Many species eat the fruit.
This robin was in the pear tree this morning. I did put fruit out to attract a variety of birds.
The robin was at the top of the pear, a little out of my camera’s lens range. I also was shooting through a window, which does lessen the sharpness.
Walnut from the Black Walnut tree behind my garage. Not sure what made me shoot a walnut. It was sitting in a colorful spot.
How it escaped the squirrels, I am not sure.
The female cardinal is the partner of the male in this post.
Little Tubby above.
There are too many cats in the neighborhood and yesterday there was a hawk preying on my feeder friends. These predators are why many of the birds and squirrels vamoose when I open the door. They do see me scare off the cats, and I swear I hear them cheer.
The hawks keep all the birds constantly on the lookout. The birds remain motionless and quiet when the hawks are in the area. When the cats are in the yard, the birds chatter their heads off from the high perch in the pear. I never saw a feral cat catch one of the birds.
Are the little dicky birds not the cutest? Dicky birds are the sparrows, finches, Tufted Titmouse, chickadees and all the little guys. I learned this term from a wildlife photographer. I did not know it actually was a term for little birds. Now I am not going to stop calling them that.
I took a course on shooting backyard birds at Kelby Training. The instructor was Moose Peterson, a well known nature photographer. I will share some of the tips that I learned in an upcoming post.
What you might not realize, many nature photographs are staged images, where the photographer sets up the shot and expects a bird to perch at a specific location, like shown above and below. I will show you how to make your own backyard studio. There are tricks I am certain you do not know.
I am still learning how to make my backyard studio, but I can tell you already it makes a big difference. My aim is to make the images as nice as the ones I get at the Falls, with a whole lot less time and effort. I could never be a real wildlife photographer because I really lack the patience to sit hours on end.
I am currently training the wild birds to visit locations of my choosing. When they become accustomed to my ‘natural elements’, I will take the food away.
I have a post on squirrels up next. Something you may not know about recent squirrel population control. Researchers come up with some crazy science!
Linking the garden birds today to, May Dreams Gardens, Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.