Birds of Ernie Miller Nature Center

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.

It's busy at the feeder!
It’s busy at the feeder!

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.

Blue Jays are beautiful too!
Blue Jays are beautiful too!
I thing female Cardinals are beautiful
I believe these to be a female and male House Finch
Beautiful female Cardinal
Beautiful female Cardinal

You can also take some photos that are away from the feeders which make them look more natural.

Male Downy Woodpecker
Male Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker

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.

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

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.

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Male House Finch
Who you looking at?
Who you looking at?
Female Cardinal
Female Cardinal
Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal

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.

Coming in for a landing!
Look out! I’m coming in for a landing!
The birds on the upper left, "It was my turn! No, it was my turn!"
The birds on the upper left, “It was my turn! No, it was my turn!”
A very quick fly-by!
A very quick fly by!

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.

MMMM... Keep um coming guys.... mmmm
MMMM… Keep um coming guys…. mmmm

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!

Bill