Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Cardinals and Hummingbirds Grace Backyard Feeders
Northern Cardinals (a pair seen here), Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Downy and Red-belled Woodpeckers are the most common visitors.
I was sitting on the patio recently and photographed this handsome male Northern Cardinal.
I see these all the time around my yard and have photographed many over the years, but they remain one of the truly striking and beautiful birds around. And should never be taken for granted.
How fine are the short red feathers around his neck and head!
This feeder is on our back patio hanging near the door. My wife had mentioned seeing the male come around recently. Mostly, we had been visited by the females of this tiny and speedy species.
You can see some of the red around the bird's throat or neck area in these photos.
Then I just wait in hopes the bird flies into my camera frame and perches for a moment or two while it pokes its long bill into the food.
It takes patience, but on this day I was rewarded with some nice images of one of the tougher birds to photograph.