Tag: blue jay

Ten Days of Snapshots

I’m sharing some of my favorite images from the past ten days. Enjoy! Ruby-throated Hummingbird The number of hummers we have observed at our nectar feeders this year is down significantly from years past. I’m happy that I was able to get a decent… Continue Reading “Ten Days of Snapshots”

Rear Window

In the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie, Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart plays a photojournalist who recently broke his leg. To alleviate his boredom while confined to a wheelchair, he takes up peering out of his back window at his neighbors. When we first built our… Continue Reading “Rear Window”


Birds live in trees. I get it. But, why do those branches have to get in the way of a pretty photo? Yesterday, after several days of overcast skies, rain and then snow, I endured the cold in order to take advantage of a… Continue Reading “Obscured”

60 Seconds of Blue Jays

Winter Sunshine

Yesterday, I went out to the pastures for the first time in seven days. The weather and work commitments had prevented me from getting outdoors. I really needed it. It is truly my happy place, and it offers me almost a meditative experience. The… Continue Reading “Winter Sunshine”

The Quandary

This Blue Jay, filmed on New Years Eve, has a problem. He cannot decide which snack to snatch. Fortunately, he was able to make a choice. He selected a plump, protein rich peanut!

The Eyes Have It

I have a friend who asks the same question each time he seems impressed with one of my photos. “Did you get a new lens?” I still have the same lens (300 mm zoom) that I’ve had since I first created this Blog. But,… Continue Reading “The Eyes Have It”

See Ya!

Catching an image of a beautiful bird and then capturing its exit doesn’t happen very often. But, when it does, it’s worth sharing. BLUE JAY: “Gotta fly!” RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: Eating suet – “Thanks for the left-overs!” NORTHERN CARDINAL: “Goin’ incognito for a while!” HOUSE… Continue Reading “See Ya!”


Because I am usually trying to display a bird’s unique characteristics, I usually crop photos to present just the bird. In reality, the bird is a tiny bit of information in the middle of the photo because typically I have to maintain my distance… Continue Reading “Serenity”

Getting the Shot

I remember growing up in a small town in northern Illinois in a typical neighborhood. Like us, many of our neighbors had your standard, concrete bird bath and a feeder or two to welcome the wild birds closer to home. Just outside the door… Continue Reading “Getting the Shot”