Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Birds and the Bees and Happenings in the Trees

The Birds:
Male Grosbeak and House Finch sharing the feeder

Male Purple Finch (looks red to me...)

Female Grosbeak
Male Gold Finch
Chickedee
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird

And the Bees:



And...
A Pair of Red Squirrels (applied Kim Klassen's 'Nature's Beauty' texture)
Is this natural enough for you Kim? ;D

These photos are being linked to The Bird D'potPhoto Show OffTexture TuesdaySweet Shot TuesdayOur World Tuesday, Wild Bird WednesdayThis or That ThursdaysPhoto Art FridayShoot, Edit, SubmitFabulous FridayFlower Art Friday and Photo Friday Link Party.

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    1. Thanks so much. I've been enjoying taking pictures of all the wonderful wildlife at the cottage.

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  2. I love all of your beautiful bird shots! My absolute favorite is of the gull on the cairn! How did you achieve the wonderful blur effect in so many of your images? Interesting texture work on the squirrels.

    Peace!

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    1. Thank you Barbara. The blur results when you've got the right depth of field so that your subject is clear and the rest is blurry.

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  3. You captured some very pretty birds, bright colors. And the pics on the water are really beautiful :)

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  4. Wonderful photos Linda. Do you use a zoom lens? I've been wanting to get a lens for my camera so I can get close up shots without being close up, but I'm so uneducated in what to look for and what specs to look at on the lenses.

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    1. Thanks Terri. I do have a zoom lens. It's an AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6. I love it, but I am saving up for an even bigger zoom lens so I can get closer yet. I find that right now I take some shots and have to crop to get in close enough (especially with something like the loons-so I'm not disturbing them by getting too close to them). However, having said that, some of these were taken with my iPhone because it was the only camera I had with me at the time. I would recommend you find a good camera shop with an owner that is knowledgable and then let him/her guide you as to what is best for what you want to shoot. I'd offer more help, but I'm just figuring this out myself, and fortunately I have a great local camera shop that is very helpful.

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    1. It's quite an experience to see them and watch them grow up. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. haha, yes the birds and the bees. I love that bird which chose a stone art to perch on. For the last photo I have many butterflies at the same pose, nice!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I couldn't help myself. I had to include that last shot! :0)

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  7. Great photos! I love birds. My favorite is the herring gull - what luck to find that shot!

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    1. Thanks Jean. That silly full was posing perfectly!

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  8. Beautiful photos! And love that last one, too cute. :)

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    1. Thank you. Talk about being caught in the act. LOL

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  9. Awesome shots! So cool that you have so many different kinds available for you photo pleasure!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. We really are lucky to have such a wonderful variety of birds to enjoy.

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  10. Alright Linda, where do you live that you are getting so many gorgeous varieties of wildlife? The loons always capture my attention and are one of my favorites, but the gull photo is priceless on that cute little rock statuary!

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    1. These are all taken at our cottage on Horn Lake, near the little town of Burk's Falls, Ontario. We put out a variety of feeders (hummingbird, niger seed and black sunflowers) and they seem to attract quite a wonderful variety of birds (and other wildlife-red squirrels, raccoons, etc.)

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  11. These photos are amazing! Can I draw from them?

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    1. Thanks Donna and by all means go ahead and draw! The only condition is that I get to see your drawings!

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  12. I love all your shots. Amazing bird photos - loons are my favorite birds but every one of them is special.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. We're lucky to have such a variety!

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  13. AWWWW look at those adorable birds! I love the squirrels in particular.

    ps. I'm in this week's fabulous friday too, feel free to check out my entry at :
    http://picablocks.blogspot.com/2012/07/graduants-shot.html

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    1. Thanks Natasha. We had such a laugh over those squirrels. Of all the places in the huge forest, they chose the branch right in front of our deck while we all sat out there chatting. Too funny!

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  14. Oh, I just adore the bird shots. I really need to get some feeders in my yard. The flowers and bees are fabulous, too. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with Flower Art Friday!

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  15. Oh such wonderful captures of the birds, and I love that hummingbird one!

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    1. Thank you Kim. I love the hummingbird shot too. They are such fascinating little creatures!

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  16. great set of photos! love the last one. so funny :)

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    1. Thanks! New squirrels should be arriving soon. LOL

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  17. All wonderful, Linda! but your shot of the chickadee is stunning!!!

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    1. Thanks June. Did you notice the chickadee's rumpled feather? That gave me a smile as I took the shot. I wanted to reach up and straighten. LOL

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  18. Thanks for a delightful lesson on the "Birds and Bees!" - Some wonderful photos.

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    1. You're welcome Ida. Glad I could help. Tee hee. Baby squirrels should be arriving soon!

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  19. Wow, awesome photos Linda! And thanks for the laugh with the squirrels!

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    1. Thanks Gina. We're thinking of putting up a privacy screen for them. LOL

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  20. I don't usually bird watch, but your photos make me want to start. They are amazing photos.

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    1. Thank you. I'm not an avid bird watcher either, but when they come to you as they do here at our cottage, I can't help but enjoy them. Thanks for dropping by!

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  21. Incredibly beautiful bird photos!!!! I especially like the Blue Jay with the peanut [we don't see them this far south in USA, so viewing photos of the gorgeous bird, it's a special treat for me!!].....and that one of the herring gull....LOVE the composition of the image.

    Thanks for linking up ---hope to see you often over at the Bird D'Pot!!

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    1. Thank you Anni. The gull certainly seemed to be posing for his shot! We really enjoy feeding the Bluejays those peanuts. it's fun to watch them come down and get them from the deck railing. Right now we've even got one that brings along it's young and feeds them up in the tree within our view.

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  22. You shared some wonderful songbirds and those Grosbeaks, made their way to my yard first time last year, during spring migration and it was grand seeing them for the first time~

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    1. Thanks Mary. The grosbeak are really a treat to see. Lately we've been enjoying watching the male grosbeak feeding the almost grown young.

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  23. Hi there - what a great set of pictures. I think I would have stopped with just the first one - super!

    Sorry its taken so long to get back to you - its been a busy week!

    Stewart M - Australia

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    1. Thanks Stewart. As with eating peanuts, when I'm shooting birds I can't seem to just stop at one. LOL.

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