With snow covering the ground for the first time this year, I knew the bird feeders at Ernie Miller Nature center would be quite busy. I thought it would be a great time to practice some bird photography.
There is a terrific viewing area in the Sun Room with plenty of large windows. Now, all these photos were taken hand-held. I wanted to practice as though I was in the field but was in the comfort of being inside.
You can get some decent shots at the feeder as you’ll see below.
You can also take some photos that are away from the feeders which make them look more natural.
Now, this next bird is a bit harder to photograph. They come to the feeder very quickly, grab a seed then fly off to a tree. This one must have been waiting for an opening at the feeder. I feel lucky to have gotten the shot.
Environmental shots are my favorite. With a lot of patience, you can take some shots that shows them in their environment and looking quite natural. These are my favorite types of shots.
When you’re tired of taking those kind of shots, you can then practice trying to get them in flight. This is great fun and it’s very rewarding when you finally get one that you really like.
Of course, no bird feeder would be complete unless you had someone to clean up the mess the birds make throwing all those seeds around.
If you like photographing birds, come on out. There’s plenty of room. As you can see there is a lot of variety of birds to photograph. There were several other species that came to the feeder this morning but I was just not quick enough to get my glass on them. Maybe you will be luckier than I. If you’re in the Olathe, Kansas area, come on out and give it a try! The folks are friendly and it’s warm inside!
I hope you enjoyed the birds.
Thanks for stopping by!