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Hungry Birds

ISO 200 250mm f/6.3 1/80sec

Wow! Thanks for all the get well wishes guys!! Unfortunately over the weekend I was progressively getting sicker and sicker, and still have a bit to go before Im back up to par. However this morning I do have a decent amount of energy and am ready to fight back against this cold or whatever it is.

Yesterday I took a day trip out to visit with my grandma, and while I was out there I took the opportunity to explore the great outdoors in her backyard. She always has different feeders in her backyard and every time we visit were sure to see some sort of wildlife out back. With the winter, her backyard isn’t as buzzing as it typically is in the summer, but I was delighted to see a few active critters scurrying and flappin about.

Most the animals were spooked by the sound of my shutter, but not these guys. They stood there ground and held their heads high as they perched up top the feeder. Actually I think they mistook my shutter for the chirps of another bird haha. With every new frame they called back with a single quick chirp in hopes for another response. I would hold off for a second and they would go back to their loose attention, but once I started shooting again they continued to try and communicate with, what they must have thought was a foreigner. Maybe a vacationing bird from over seas? It makes me wonder if birds can understand the chirps of another kind. Is it all one chirping language with various dialects, or a vast array of different feathered languages?

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49 thoughts on “Hungry Birds

  1. Great shot, hope you feel better soon!

  2. I hope you feel better! This is a very nice photo!

  3. Nice shot, nope you get better.

  4. sunny, bright & shining on said:

    Love, love, LOVE your play with color! Great shot and I too hope you feel better in the morning.

  5. Sorry your not well, Nick. Wish you a speedy recovery.

  6. The framing is amazing and the birds look fantastic πŸ™‚ Recover well πŸ™‚

    • Filipe! Hey buddy, thanks for the get well wishes! And as always thanks for your kind input on my photo’s! Im always excited to see your stopping back to share your thoughts πŸ™‚

  7. This is so cute! They look like they are having a conversation. Hope you are feeling better real soon!!

  8. Feel better soon… That a great shot
    I spent the weekend photographing birds at the feeder also πŸ™‚

  9. Sometimes if you can’t go to the wildlife, you bring the wildlife to you. I recently did some bird feeder photography and had a blast. Nice capture of the downy woodpeckers!

    Hope you feel better. Being sick is no fun.

  10. I always believe that I rather be active to fight cold than rest in bed.

  11. I love birds, and it gives a warm, squishy feeling inside to see your control of what is almost a monocromatic picture. The suble brown of the birds against the grey background is in my mind thrilling and compelling to look at. As far as your bird lanuguage question goes, I would tend to think that beacause they are all different species, that they each have their own language. However you can tell if someone speaking another language is upset with you. They can recognize “tone” from other birds, if not what they are saying. Just a guess. Thank you for another beautiful image, and double thank you for the bird image.

  12. it is a beautiful shot. I am glad to hear you are feeling a little take care.

  13. Get well soon Nick, I’ve been getting sicker by the days too…
    Great shot, amazing focus and DOF!

  14. steve182 on said:

    Great shot Nick, I’m really enjoying your Photo Blog. I was just photographing some birds in the snow yesterday, its a fun time to shoot. This is a great shot!

  15. Beautiful!

    totally corny, i know, but i nominated your blog for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. It is kind of a little “kudos to you” chain letter, but the nomination was totally heartfelt:

    http://pamelavphotoblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/january-23-2012/

  16. Gorgeous photo. Winter colds, flu, and feeling blue is not fun. Get well soon.

  17. Kieran Hamilton on said:

    Great shot Nick!

    I watched a documentary once about how other animals, like monkeys, can ‘understand’ the calls of birds, in the sense that they know a certain call means danger etc. Maybe birds have a similar thing amongst themselves and learn to understand each other just like we do?

  18. What a great photo, and very funny story Nick. Sorry to hear that you’ve been under weather, and hope you’re starting to feel better.

  19. B. J. Parker on said:

    Beautiful composition and colors.

  20. They probably chirp in same language but with different accents… Gorgeous shot!

  21. Love the tones and contrast in this photo…great work!

  22. Love it! Perfect for a calendar. Birds in the snow are always so…magical.

  23. What a lovely shot. I love seeing the birds from other’s gardens. There aren’t many in ours at the moment, we’ll get some summer visitors once spring is well and truly here.

  24. very pretty. i like the splashes of green on a monochromatic composition.

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