Feb 252015
 

Weekend mornings with my girlfriend, Missy, are always a great time for us.  Not only does she cook a fantastic breakfast, we are also treated with a bevy of wild birds in the backyard.  I often keep my camera handy just in case we get some interesting visitors.   Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the birds are out and about in droves.

Recently, the seed bell suspended over my deck fell apart after being devoured by a gang of starlings.  So, I put the remnants back on the rail to see if I could attract some smaller birds and it worked.

A woodpecker, who we have named Woody (duh), has been coming by daily to look for treats along with the chickadees.  He has now become a regular visitor and I bought a new seed bell for him.

All photos taken with a Pentax K-3 and a D-FA 100mm f2.8 macro.

Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker

 

 

Feb 022015
 

Whenever I get a snow day, I am always amazed at the cavalcade of birds that come out after the storm has abated. My girlfriend, Missy, and I stayed at home today as the overnight winter storm had virtually shutdown the roads. We were rewarded with dozens of birds who took advantage the various bird feeders in my backyard.  Indeed, they added a lot of colour and character to the blanket of snow outside.

This blue jay is checking out some peanuts I left out on the deck.

This blue jay is checking out some peanuts I left out on the deck.

The above photo was taken with an Olympus OMD E-M5 and a 40-150 zoom lens.  The little Olympus is great for quick shots when the birds are my deck and I do not need a lot of magnification.  It’s quick and light.  The other shots were taken with a Pentax K-3 and a Sigma 150-500mm zoom lens, which stretches the limits of what one can shoot handheld.