I love birds, and I love to photograph them. I am the kind of bird watcher that prefers the birds come to me, so I just put out bird feeders and bird houses in my back yard to attract them. On occasion I like to visit the bird sanctuaries such as the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, but I don’t go out too often with binoculars to seek out different bird. I am however thrilled when a new bird I have not seen before comes and visits.
I recently moved, and so far have not had very much luck in attracting too many different birds. I have only put out bird seed, and it seems that the squirrels like it better than the birds do. So with the cooler weather approaching, I am going to try some suet and see if that works a little better then the bird seed.
I find birds hard to photograph sometimes, as they don’t sit still too long. It always seems that when I go to grab my camera, and by the time I return to take the photo, they have flown away.
Here are some of the birds I have captured.
Although, this is not a very good picture, it was the first time I had seen a Western Tanager. I ran and got my camera, and took the shot, and he flew off. After the first initial sighting, I had seen him several times during the next week. But was never quite fast enough to get a better picture. This picture was taken on May 17, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington.
This is a Black-Headed Grosbeak taken on May 20, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington. It is munching on some regular bird seed.
Back in 1951 Washington State designated the willow goldfinch also known as the American Goldfinch, as the official state bird. The male goldfinch has a bright yellow body with black wings and tail, and black on top of his head. The female’s plumage is more muted with an olive-yellow body and dark brown tail and wings.
This Picture was taken by my Daughter. I just really like it.