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The Joys of Bird Photography

Tree Sparrow in Flight

By: Pat Coate

One of the many joys of bird photography is the short window of opportunity you often have to get that ‘perfect’ shot. It’s sort of like the unpredictability of trying to get a squirming child to cooperate for the family Christmas shot – but with the added challenge of shooting outdoors and minus the ability to use bribes or silly faces to keep your subject still.

Sometimes you get lucky and happen to capture a decent picture of a bird in flight, like the tree sparrow above. And sometimes you don’t always get a bird’s better side, like the chickadee in the following picture.

Black-capped Chickadee on Sumac

And sometimes you get one auditioning for Cirque du Soleil, like this sanderling (previously posted).

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4 responses

  1. Lynda

    Wow! I love all three. I actually love the composition of the shot of the chickadee!

    9 February 2012 at 7:14 am

  2. Lynda

    I like them so much I posted a link to it on Facebook! : )

    9 February 2012 at 8:05 am

  3. Tom

    Clearly, the chickadee is mooning you…

    9 February 2012 at 3:13 pm

  4. Great shots! I think I like the sparrow wing best.

    11 February 2012 at 9:54 pm

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