Hungry Girl and Barbecue visited again this morning. I didn’t even try and take photos with my phone. Instead, I just enjoyed watching them.
After they left, the birds came back in full force, including a total of 5 blue jays! Usually, it’s just two or three. There were also the massive numbers of redpolls (which I’d mistakenly identified as chipping sparrows, previously), lots of pine grosbeaks, chickadees and nuthatches. Squirrels made their appearance, too.
After a while, I broke down and finally asked my daughter if I could borrow her Nikon D80.
After a bit of maintenance (lens cleaning, battery checking, etc), I set it up and tested it, using the 18-55mm lens she had on already.
Then I took it off the manual setting. 😀
Though ghost birds are rather neat photo subjects.
I then switched from her 18-55 lens to the Nikkor 70-300mm lens we were using on the old camera.
Blue jays are one of my favourite birds. I love their incredible colour! It’s interesting to see how they try to pack so many seeds into their beaks at once. I didn’t realize they did that until I started taking photos of them with the zoom lens.
It’s a real challenge to get photos of the birds when they are in the bush nearby. Usually, in the time it takes for me to notice them, then swing the camera around on the tripod, they are either gone, of have moved to another branch. One of these days, I’m going to get a picture of a nuthatch perched upside down on a twig.
The grosbeaks tend to hang around on the branches a bit longer than the chickadees, nuthatches and redpolls – they’re too big to hop around the way the little guys do. So I was able to get a pretty decent shot of a male grosbeak in the trees.
There tend to be a LOT more females than males among they seeds, but even they are usually outnumbered by the redpolls.
Getting any images of this downy woodpecker was a challenge, too! It kept moving around, then went behind the branch in the foreground.
My daughter just swung by to let me know she got pictures of the woodpecker while I was posting this. I’m glad I made sure the camera still had a memory card in it when I took out the one with the above photos to upload!