October 30, 2013

More Variety in Birds--Types, Poses and Locales

As cooler weather approaches, I am seeing more types of birds at our feeders and on the ground and in the trees. So here is some of what I have captured.

First,  the photo below is a "what-is-it" type of photo. I'm guessing a kind of sparrow, but I am not sure. I wish I had captured its back coloration, too.

what is it--a sparrow?

What Is It? (29-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

Here is an old favorite that I continue to like to photograph--the Mourning Dove. Just how many poses can one bird make?

Mourning Dove looks toward camera

Mourning Dove Looks at the Camera (20-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)


Mourning Dove looks straight-ahead

Mourning Dove Looks Straight-ahead (to the right) (20-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

Mourning Dove twists head to look back

Mourning Dove Twists Around to Look Back (20-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

So how about another look at the House Sparrow? First is a male House Sparrow showing its underside and stretching its neck.

the underside of a male House Sparrow

Male House Sparrow Showing Its Underside and Stretching Its Neck (23-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

For me with my eyesight handicap, it always difficult to capture a bird in a tree, but as leaves fall, it has become a bit easier. And here is a female House Sparrow in a tree in our backyard.

fematle House Sparrow in a tree

Female House Sparrow in a Tree (29-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

And White-throated Sparrow, with its yellow patch at the beak-end of its white streak over the eye, has come back. 

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow (I) (23-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow (II) (23-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

How can one not be inspired by nature--animals and plants! 

October 24, 2013

Old and New Visitors

It was special to see a female Cardinal recently visit our bird feeder again. It was on October 14. However, I have not seen her mate yet. I hope he shows up.

female Cardinal (I)

Female Cardinal (I) (14-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

female Cardinal (II)

Female Cardinal (II) (14-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

And the House Sparrows are still around. 

female House Sparrow (i)

Female House Sparrow (I) (14-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

female House Sparrow (II)

Female House Sparrow (II) (14-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

The next three photos of female House Sparrows are taken in a different lighting situation. Normally I shot from the door to the backyard deck toward the west. These shots were taken when the Sun was getting lower in the west, but were taken from our driveway facing south. So I was at a right angle to the path of the Sun light. I kind of like the effect.

female House Sparrow--light from right (I)

Female House Sparrow--light from right (I) (20-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

female House Sparrows--light from right (II)

Female House Sparrows--light from right (II) (20-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

female House Sparrows--light from right (III)

Female House Sparrows--light from right (III) (20-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

More to come! 

October 11, 2013

A Nice Pair

It always seems interesting what species of birds will peck beside each other without chasing their neighbor away. Is it their native intereactions, or does this only occur when food is plentiful and/or they are not mating?

Mourning Dove and a female House Sparrow

Mourning Dove and a Female House Sparrow (3-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

And that day there was also a Mockingbird making its noises around our backyard. I finally caught it on the roof of our neighbor's house. While it is not the best photo, I did catch a Mocking Bird! :).

Mocking Bird on neighbor's house roof

Northern Mockingbird on Neighbor's House Roof (3-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

I'm eager to see more birds and more variety of kinds. 

October 3, 2013

Not Much Variety in Kind; Lots of Variety in Poses

I have been a bit more diligent in keeping birdseed in the feeder during the past few weeks, and thus we have had more birds to watch. There antics are interesting, to say the least. But first here is a short silent video for the young ones who might enjoy watching a bird eat. It is only 23 seconds in length,

And here is one of a Mourning Dove roosting on an electrical power line. As opposed to why it does so in winter, I'm guessing that fluffing its feathers can help it stay cool.

Mourning Dove on electric wire

Mourning Dove on an Electric Power Line (21-Sep-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

All of the photos below are of female House Sparrows. I have not seen many male House Sparrows here in September and the beginning of October. I wonder why.

House Sparrows clog the feeder

House Sparrows Fill the Feeder (23-Sep-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

two House Sparrow on the other feeder

Two Female House Sparrow On Guard (23-Sep-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

"only three of us left"

Three Female House Sparrows (23-Sep-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

a close-up of a House Sparrow looking straight ahead

Female House Sparrow Looks Out (24-Sep-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

and now it checks the ground

Female House Sparrow Looks Down (24-Sep-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

"while I'm waiting, how about some more food?"

Female House Sparrow Gets More Food (24-Sep-13;  © Richard L. Bowman)

"yes, I found the food"

Female House Sparrow Gets More Food a Few Days Later (2-Oct-13; © Richard L. Bowman)

"here's looking at you, babe"

Female House Sparrow Looks Straight at Me (2-Oct-13;© Richard L. Bowman)

I keep watching for different varieties of birds, but in the meantime, I'm pleased to capture the common House Sparrows.

--©2013, Richard L. Bowman

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