Saturday, February 25, 2006

this morning at the feeder


A white breasted nuthatch, in its usual upside down pose, eyes a black-capped chickadee waiting its turn.

A male evening grosbeak effortlessly crushes sunflower seeds.

8 comments:

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Oh Deb, those are just gorgeous. That top one is spectacular, and the evening grosbeak is splendid. Wow. Great photographs.

Jim said...

Really nice pictures Deb!

Endment said...

What delightful visitors
Thanks for letting us share through your photos

Floridacracker said...

Your robins are still down here in my yard. I'll be sending them to you pretty soon :)

madcapmum said...

I think if I had to choose, chickadees would win as my favourite bird. I should hang a feeder in front of my kitchen window so I can see them closer up.

Beautiful photos, and very clear, especially given how quickly chickadees move!

Deb said...

Thanks, I enjoyed these photos a lot myself.

FC-I am looking forward to seeing the robins again. Usually the first sighting is around my birthday (March 20, first day of spring usually). Such a familiar bird, but with such significance.

madcap- Chickadees are my favorite, just for their cheerfulness in all kinds of weather, and for the fact that they will land on your head, or on your gun barrel if you sit in a deer stand long enough. And they are notoriously hard to photograph, this is about the best I've done with them, or nuthatches!

Dan Trabue said...

Truly great shots. How close were you, how hard was it to catch them?

Deb said...

Dan- I took these through the window, about eight feet away from the feeder, with 10x optical zoom. Chickadees are so hard to get a good photo of; you can get close, but they move so darn fast that you just have to click the shutter and hope for the best. The grosbeaks sit at the feeder while they eat, so it's easier to get a good photo.