While out for a drive…
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Taking Pictures at The Bird Feeder

Bluebird near the feeder

Bluebird near the feeder

One of the difficulties for me in photographing birds is that they really don’t like you getting too close to them.  And, I don’t have a telephoto lens.  Sometimes, however, it’s not how close you are, but rather what you’re doing or not doing, as the case may be.

Around here many of the roads are alongside canals, where a lot of egrets and herons gather. You can drive by them all day and they pay absolutely no attention to you. And you say to yourself ” Hey, that would make a good picture.”, but as soon as you slow down and stop they’re off in a flash. I know, they’re not stupid, they see cars going by all day.  But when you stop, they say “Now what’s that guy up to?”.

Of course if you have the time and patience you can just sit and wait, and they will eventually come back.  That’s what is great about putting a bird feeder in your back yard. They get used to seeing you and begin to tolerate your presence.  I’ve taken quite a few pictures of small birds near the bird feeder.

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