Highland Park Birds Visit

tufted titmouse
I’ve been having quite a few birds visiting my bird feeder this January. Above is a tufted titmouse. That’s probably the most unusual bird that’s visiting lately.

sparrow in flight
Last summer I bought a new camera (Canon EOS 70D). I was quite pleased to capture this sparrow in flight. I’ve even been shooting a few pictures in manual – for me, that’s bravery.

cardinal and sparrow in bird feeder
Here are a cardinal and sparrow together. Glad they can share the space nicely.

cardinal in tree
Then the cardinal flew to the tree.

cardinal on garage roof
Then he flew to the garage roof.

cardinal turns head
Is the cardinal looking at me?

mourning dove
I saw a mourning dove wander under a tree. Or did I see two? Michelle tells us that mourning doves mate for life. How romantic.

chickadee
And here’s a chickadee, in my backyard tree! I took this shot in manual. It may be a bit too bright.

lady cardinal
To complete this post of Highland Park birds, here’s a lady cardinal.

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22 thoughts on “Highland Park Birds Visit

  • What wonderful photos! Each one a beauty on its own…tones, contrasts, textures, varied birds, all encompassing nature’s beauty. Brava on the manual setting! The last photo in the post—I just love how the lady cardinal’s feet look so delicate on the branch.

  • Thanks, Lorri. As for shooting in manual, I still have a ways to go before feeling comfortable and not guessing. I’m reading a book by Bryan Peterson called Understanding Exposure. It’s helping a bit.

    • It takes a while to truly understand exposure-at least it took me a while. I am not really overly confident in it, but feel more at ease with the manual aspect.

    • Thanks, A.K. I’ve been taking photos of birds for a few years … I finally can identify more than just a sparrow! And the cardinal is one of my favorites.

  • Hi Leora, I found your site through AK Andrew’s website. I love your beautiful pictures of birds. We live on an island in Washington State and have a lot of birds that come to roost in our trees. The only birds it appears we have in common so far are the mourning doves and sparrows. Here we also see bald eagles, crows, chickadees, and lots of seagulls. Our most favorite sightings in the past couple of years have been a little ringed plover, who her built her nest beside the playground, and the Flicker Woodpeckers with their gorgeous orange feathers on the underside of their wings. I love using my camera in manual. The photos come out so much warmer and more natural-looking. I took a couple of photography classes many years ago, and it occurred to me that I should share with you an assignment where I had to create a series of what the professor called proofs. First we chose our subject, which would have to be a more static one than birds. Then, we took a series of photos of the same subject in the same light from the same angle. The only thing we changed was the manual settings (F-stop, I think it was called). We made these changes by incremental degrees, matching the photo’s number with the settings we used to create it onto a sheet of paper. This exercise gave me so much more confidence in how the F-stops affected the light. Perhaps you could run a similar experiment of your own. I look forward to seeing more beautiful nature pictures on your blog.

    • Angela, thanks for your long comment! Yes, I’ve seen similar exercises. I need to spend a little time doing an exercise like that one (and take notes). Maybe in the spring when I get inspired by early buds. Your birds sound like you live closer to the ocean than we do. On the shore we see plovers and gulls. Well, mostly gulls.

      • We are very near the ocean on a beautiful island in the Puget Sound. And yes, we see mostly gulls, and crows as well. I took some time to browse your other posts, Leora, and I especially love the portraits of the young men where you focused on form and color. I so appreciate that you share your process and are not putting pressure on yourself to have it all figured out and perfected before sharing with us. It’s so refreshing to see an artist in process, focusing on each aspect one at a time as you progress in your practices.

        My favorite of your portraits are the first in the post “Man Reading” and the second in the post “Watercolor Portraits of Young Men.” In the first one, you’ve really captured the action of his reading. Reading has always seemed a passive activity, but your portrayal has a movement and intensity which gives reading a whole new energy that I’ve never considered when actually engaged in the process. This, I think, is what I like about the portrait of the young man, as well. That and the intense colors. I marvel at how rich and intense you made the color. I love water color as a medium, but find that most people use it more muted than I like. I love color!

    • Ooops! I meant to write Canon EOS 70D (I originally wrote “here” planning to replace that word with the camera name … I guess I was tired when I hit Publish). Looking forward to more flight shot attempts. And successes, too. Thanks, Eileen.

    • Jeannette, thanks for the visit. I am more responsible about feeding our guinea pig than I am about the birds, but they are happy when I do fill the bird feeder.

  • Hi, My name is JC…Birder since Spring 2014..Love Blue Jays and others USA Northern Birds..I Live in Bridgewater, up 287…I Made my own Feeders and Birdhouses in 2014. I’m Looking for Birding Clubs, etc..in Central Jersey..Thanks

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