The Bird is the Word

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

The abrupt arrival of the Coronavirus Pandemic has certainly put a damper on the ability of many photographers to maintain a high level of work flow this year and my photography life has been no exception.

I’ve cancelled many scheduled photography outings this year and it’s likely this pandemic will continue on into 2021. As a result I’ve had to retrain my thinking and activity as it’s simply impossible for me to go more than a few days without pushing a shutter button.

Looking over my Lightroom stock photography catalog for the year to date, and I see a lot of bird photos. As a matter of fact, 75% of my stock photos this year are bird shots.

So with that in mind, I thought I’d share a few bird photos from this year’s bird adventures.

Male house finch taking off from the garden plant hanger.
This bald eagle photograph was taken in February at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR.

February is a prime month for catching nesting eagles.
Mallard Drake flapping in a lake near my home in early March.

I’m always pleased to get a good duck photo. They are regular sellers as stock photos.
Nesting Great Blue Heron begin arriving in the suburbs in late February.

This image of a Heron heading from the nest was taken in early March.
April photo of a Black-capped Chickadee taking a drink of water from my garden birdbath.

I always like to get nice clear depictive photos of birds. These shots turn up in books, magazines and web sites. Nothing dramatic, just a good look of the birds physical features is all I’m hoping for.

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird on approach to the garden feeder. Taken in May of this year.

The good ole standby humming bird feeder is often an attraction for a few shots. It always surprises me to discover the variety of species that show up for a free meal.
Sandhill Cranes during the Spring migration in Monte Vista, Colorado.

Typically, I travel to Monte Vista each March to get photographs of the annual Sandhill Crane migration. This year my trip occurred as the Pandemic was just getting underway. If I had waited any longer, it wouldn’t have been possible to make this trip.

Here it is late July and I continue to scratch out photos despite having a seriously curtailed travel schedule. The beauty of bird photography is that I can go just about anywhere near the house and find a variety of feathered friends to photograph. I’ve accumulated at least 10,000 bird photos through July, and there are more to take. I’ll continue scouring the local lakes and ponds looking for that next stock photo to add to the portfolio. Bird photography is a great way of getting out without all the hassles of crowds and expense of overnight travel. It simply requires the correct motivation to change course and the ability adapt to the environment we live in.

So grab your camera and head to the local pond. The birds are waiting for you.