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Vi months ago,when many of us put our lives on hold to isolate at dwelling, enjoying nature in whatever manner we could was a condolement and a distraction. Cooped upward in my ane-room flat in Brooklyn, I watched for the occasional pigeon on my burn escape and walked downwards to the h2o every night to see cormorants fish. This became the highlight of my days. And I wasn’t alone. For our Bird from Home project,Audubon asked 3 professional wildlife photographers to document and write near birds in their yards
or in their communities during this difficult year. (Y’all can discover their galleries in the menu above.) We and so invited readers to share their ain photos, and submissions came pouring in.

Narrowing down a puddle of more than 8,000 photosto just 50 wasn’t an easy task; there were so many beautiful images with so much personality, encompassing an astonishing range of species, habitats, and behaviors. We were specially moved and inspired to see people share their passion and appreciation for backyard birds that are and then often overlooked. Thanks to everyone who submitted, and nosotros hope you savor this option of some of our favorites. —Lia Bocchiaro, Photo Editor

Behind the Shot:This bird was a new visitor to my grand this twelvemonth, and dissimilar my other lawn birds, it was not thrilled almost me being in the one thousand. I brought out my largest zoom lens and hid behind trees and lawn furniture to go a good shot. For many days he flew abroad at the first sight of me until ane day, when he was unaware I was behind a large potted found. I leaned out to get a improve view while he leaned out to see what was backside the potted constitute. I pressed my shutter button and held information technology down (this is what some would call “spray and pray”) and watched as he darted out of the thou. I was thrilled that the very first ane I took was in focus and showed him peeking around the tree. Persistence is key when dealing with shy birds!
—Rhonda Coe

Behind the Shot:

We live on the outskirts of the Desert Wild animals Management Area, and this motion picture taken in our backyard illustrates why we dearest it so much. I used a Nikon D850 photographic camera with a 200-500mm f/5.half-dozen lens to capture these ii birds in the sagebrush, while maintaining a decent altitude and so equally not to startle the amazing animals that environs u.s. daily.

This White-crowned Sparrow was trying to share the spotlight with a California Quail, birds that litter the expanse where we live and have go our neighbors. In this instance, the quail was calling out, and I readied my camera for what I thought would be a wonderful picture of the quail when the sparrow decided to join.



David J. Hutson

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Usually Indigo Buntings only laissez passer through our property in spring. This year I began to notice the lingering presence of some in the wild ferns and the abundant milkweed that thrive along our lake. As summertime went on, information technology seemed that every time I went out for a walk (without my photographic camera, of course), ane vividly blue male would first singing and country only a few feet in front end of me. I finally wised upwardly, grabbed my photographic camera, and fix out to find the Indigo Bunting, or improve yet, have it find me. Within moments of my walk, information technology appeared! It was an afternoon that I won’t soon forget.
—Amy Kay


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Truth exist told, my backyard is constantly barraged by a flock of Mourning Doves that eat up all the seed in my feeder. Who knew they ate and then much?! Mourning Doves are one of my favorite lawn birds to watch— their behavior, their wide eyes, and soft coos are welcome anytime (despite their huge appetites).



Alyssa Bueno

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Our yard is a

Certified Backyard Habitat

through the Portland Audubon and Columbia State Trust, which means birds come more for the bugs and water rather than feeders. We had two Wilson’s Warblers regularly visiting the yard this leap. They spent most of the day foraging the native vine maples and flowering currants for bugs while taking the occasional bath. They are some of the more shy yard birds, so I would wait patiently outside with my camera to get a photo. I can’t aid merely anthropomorphize this image of a Wilson’due south Warbler at the birdbath, every bit it looks like it’s going to cannonball!



Jessica McConahay

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I challenged myself to stay within a 5 mile radius of my domicile to bird this twelvemonth. Stay-at-dwelling orders due to the pandemic fabricated that a worthy challenge. I spotted this Bluish-gray Gnatcatcher at a park most my business firm. The males sport a striking line in a higher place the eye, which gives them that angry-only-beautiful look. Even at the end of Apr it was quite cold in the early on mornings. Regardless, this bird hopped from branch to branch, masterfully catching pocket-size insects and fanning his tail as if to say how-do-you-do. I marveled at his power to poof upwards his feathers to conserve estrus, while I shivered behind my camera, layered in wool and fleece.



Emily Tornga

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Every spring, Nighttime-eyed Juncos raise chicks below our overgrown photinia, merely it wasn’t until this year that I endeavoured to sit out and photograph them. While the juveniles proceed to the thick brush, the parents flitted back and forth, collecting food and just as quickly shoveling information technology into a fledgling’south mouth. Intermittently, a junco phone call audible from hundreds of feet deeper in the forest would transport the father into a territorial frenzy, puffing up his feathers and calling his own challenges.



Lisa Sproat

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Frick Park in Pittsburgh is i of my favorite locations for birding. I was
following
a cardinal, and then I heard the audio of a Red-belled Woodpecker. The copse were lush and greenish with the overnight rains. That provided a perfect background. I was
following
the bird for an hour as I wanted to capture it against the darker tree bawl and too get the pecking activity.



Karthika Gopalakrishnan

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While biking effectually my neighborhood, I discovered a minor island in a lake behind a small-scale shopping plaza with what must have been 100-plus birds. Among them were Woods Storks,
Bang-up Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis, and more. Right along the edge of the island, amongst the vegetation, a small-scale Greenish Heron caught my middle. Perched up on a rock, it patiently awaited its next meal by the h2o.



Federico Acevedo

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When the pandemic hit and my wife and I were in lock down, I began observing and photographing cute ducks well-nigh our abode more than closely, and found condolement in seeing them mingling with their social groups, feeding in the surf—their daily routines unchanged. I made these eider photographs while my wife and I were taking our two dogs (on leash) for an afterwards-dinner walk along an area of Rhode Island’due south rugged rocky coastline.


It was challenging getting adept photographs of the eiders. They could sense me from fifty yards away, and they would immediately begin moving further out in the water. This summer, for some reason, they were much more approachable. This group was betwixt twenty-xxx yards from me when I took these photographs. Many times, the photograph picks upwards details I cannot see with my eyes. This sense of discovery when I look at the images afterward a bird walk makes birding and photographing birds even more exciting and addictive.


Peter Goldberg

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Despite how common Blackness-capped Chickadees are, I’ve never seen them in and around my neighborhood due to the lack of whatever old-growth trees or nesting cavities. Still, one evening in May, I heard the unmistakable “cheeseburger” song coming from my neighbor’southward garden. I picked up my camera and ran out to my patio to meet this adorable private and a companion flitting through the foliage. Given how fast and unpredictably they were foraging and the dimming evening low-cal, I actually didn’t have loftier expectations for the frames I was firing off—but for a brief moment one of them hung upside down off a sapling. Every bit shortly as I heard the shutter go downwardly, I knew I’d captured it. This image, taken in the depths of the pandemic in Canada, gave me some hope. Having never seen chickadees in my neighborhood, I said to my dad, who was watering the flower bed at the time, “the birds are coming back.”



Ishira Fernando

Behind the Shot:

Living in the city means we see many pigeons and sparrows. 1 day I noticed a male and female person House Sparrow flying in and out of the weatherhead of our flat building. They started flying in with bits of grass building a nest. The male would go upset whenever we opened the window and chirped angrily at u.s.. One day, I decided to look out and effort to capture him every bit he sat on the edifice and caught him looking at me sideways.



Amelia Grande

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Marshall Lake in Northward Park is my showtime go-to identify for shooting herons. I was hoping to capture one hunting its prey, but after two hours of waiting, I couldn’t find herons at all. I was about to beginning dorsum domicile when I found a Herring Gull standing alone in the water. The pristine waters, striking white color of the bird, and the greener grasslands at the back inspired me to click. And the reflection in the water was spot on. I returned domicile with satisfaction, thinking “my Sunday is fabricated.” —

Karthika Gopalakrishnan

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At the terminate of my long wooded driveway are two dead trees high above the residual of the wood. These trees are a favorite for local Black and Turkey Vultures. I oftentimes walk downwardly the driveway and see them perched there, but on this 24-hour interval, the sky was aroused and overcast and the black bird with his feathers fanned out made for a very eerie and creepy experience. I honey how you lot tin can meet the textures of his feathers and how he was looking behind him amongst all the dead branches.



Jessica Nelson

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Birds have always been calming to me, only they’ve go my promise and healing in this challenging twelvemonth. When I caught a glimpse of this male person Scarlet Tanager catching moths nearly the forest flooring, all I could retrieve about was that color. To describe information technology as red does information technology a disservice. If you lot’ve been lucky enough to see i of these birds, and so yous know their plumage almost glows. I was absolutely captivated by his shimmering beauty.



Emily Tornga

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While I was in my wife’due south garden taking pictures of gardenia flowers, I saw a bird with a broad wingspan fly to a bald cypress tree adjacent to a creek behind our property. I slowly approached the tree to investigate and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a Barred Owl. A few minutes later, another joined it after bathing in the creek beneath. The first owl started to preen the wet owl. I got very excited, so I started taking multiple pictures of this interaction that I take never witnessed before. I think I got carried away because I ended up with 172 photos of the two owls together. I chose this particular photograph to post because of how the sunlight broke through the tree canopy and lit the face of one as the owls were almost to touch beaks.



Sebastian Tongson

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I’m lucky because I alive next to a river. Before the pandemic, I appreciated the river for its recreational opportunities, but I had never actually seen it every bit a dwelling for so much wildlife, especially birds. With the souvenir of more time, I spent many sunrises and sunsets on the river when animals are most active. It was like a whole new globe opened upwards. I bought a longer lens for my camera and oft planned to paddle out to the isle in the middle of the river to meet what I could capture. The island became a sanctuary for me. It had already been a sanctuary for the birds. This item morning, I looked out of my window at this dream-similar scene, sprung out of bed, and raced downward to the river all the same wearing my pajamas. Seconds after I arrived, I spotted this heron coming in for a landing on the sunken tree. I was delighted with this particular shot. It looked every bit if the bird was floating over the water, conveying the magic of that moment.
Emily Critcher

Behind the Shot:

I was looking for herons at sunrise in this marshy area by a ferry terminal, but struck out. Opening my ears was a adept motion: a loud, buzzy trilling call in the reeds betrayed a boisterous Marsh Wren, dancing through the cattails in a typically energetic brandish. As he hopped up and downwardly, some loose cattail seed heads clung to his feathers, producing a fluffy new hairpiece that glowed in the golden lite.



Lisa Sproat

Behind the Shot:

This female robin was busy collecting nesting cloth while the male person robin was on guard high in a tree watching her become back and forth to the nest. She would wing to the same area to collect mud and twigs to bring back, so I could anticipate her render. As she fabricated her manner dorsum to the nest, she would often stop to get together lichen to add to the material she already carried in her beak. She e’er managed to wing information technology up to the nest and tuck it carefully into the nest.



Margo Swainson

Behind the Shot:

Birdwatching became my new hobby later COVID-xix shut down schools and isolated anybody at home. I found the time I spent birdwatching peaceful and satisfying. I noticed the Eastern Phoebe in my yard in May. It was a new visitor, but it got right to work preparing for its young. It was taking a break while nest edifice. A light rain had begun to fall, but it didn’t seem to mind.

Anna Usry

Behind the Shot:

I take a beautiful weeping cherry tree in my backyard that produces the nigh gorgeous low-cal pink blossoms every tardily bound. Occasionally I see birds perch at that place every bit they brand their way beyond the grand to the feeding station, merely I have never been successful in capturing them in this tree during the bloom phase. And then I decided to move the feeders closer to this tree. It took almost a week for the birds to realize I had moved their favorite feeder. I waited on my deck for a few hours each day, and I was lucky plenty to take caught this Tufted Titmouse sitting pretty for me among the flowers.



Jessica Nelson

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When I saw the three Canada Geese on the roof, I grabbed the photographic camera and took some shots, laughing that they were all looking to their left. The birds in the centre and to the right turned their heads to the right, and I was hoping that the goose on the left would follow suit. I was sure that would never happen before one or all of them flew abroad. I waited and was thrilled when the last goose also turned to the right. I’m certain it heard me whispering, “plough your caput, plow your caput” over and over.



Anne-Marie Wiggins

Behind the Shot:Wild Turkeys

may not have the prettiest of faces, but their feathers are quite striking. When the resident turkeys kickoff came to visit, I took photos through the glass patio doors as they were wary of our presence and would run away when they saw usa. At present when the turkeys come around, they are very comfortable, perhaps even bold, and oft spend many hours in the g ignoring us completely.



Anne-Marie Wiggins

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Even though Song Sparrows are very common effectually our holding, I still rarely laissez passer by a good opportunity to photograph them. I knew that a pair were nesting near the wild raspberry bushes behind our firm, and saw them waltz through the air and disappear into the dense foliage. Fortunately for me, this little ane hopped up on a stump and stayed long enough for me to take hold of a few shots. I was able to frame it betwixt the greenery and adjust my settings to accomplish the dreamy green surrounding.



Amy Kay

Behind the Shot:

I drove past the park 1 day and happened to see a pocket-size Burrowing Owl alongside the contend, and non too far was another one right past what looked like a small-scale burrow. I went back the next mean solar day and to my surprise institute a small population all throughout the park! Over the next couple of days I would return to photograph them in the morning—there must have been around 20 or so.



Federico Acevedo

Behind the Shot:

I’yard an amateur photographer who has found smashing solace in feeding and photographing birds during the age of COVID-xix. This spring, I had my photographic camera set up semi-permanently in the kitchen then that I could snap photos of birds that came to my feeders. The STAR of these photo-sessions was a young, female woodpecker. She was unique and easily identified because of her brown wing feathers. She stopped by daily for her turn at the suet feeder, simply she was besides very distracted by her prototype in the windows. She would come to the sliding doors and peck on the glass and often spent hours pecking at her image in the rear-view mirror of my car. One twenty-four hour period, equally I was washing dishes, she seemed to be looking in to encounter what was going on inside. My photographic camera was right at that place in the kitchen, and that’s how I got this shot!



Gloria Schoenholtz

Behind the Shot:

I often take for granted the common birds that frequent my g. The gentle cooing of Mourning Doves is simply a normal background noise. This bound was very unlike than nearly. I was so thankful to accept my backyard visitors to observe and photograph. Although it was challenging to capture this adorable pair in low light, I snuck as shut as I could without disturbing them. It was cute to watch them preen each other. I knew that Mourning Doves unremarkably have potent bonds, simply I accept never witnessed this much affection between birds earlier.



Christine Rice

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Could this Northern Mockingbird wait any more uncomfortable? These nutrient-begging babies are House Sparrow fledglings that are now on their own. And so, I guess they decided to beg and see if the Northern Mockingbird would feed them. The mockingbird was not swayed: It took that morsel of suet back to its own babe. I used an Audubon

recipe

for homemade suet that I establish a couple of years ago. The birds absolutely Honey it!



Deborah Roy

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Quarantine stay-at home restrictions immune me to focus more on my lawn birds and notice the differences between birds of the same family. While I was used to seeing Song Sparrows all around my backyard,

I was surprised to see this White-throated Sparrow. Its vibrant yellow caput immediately caught my attention. Later I captured this photo, I began to discover them more often and shortly learned to identify their specific phone call.



Caleb Jones

Behind the Shot:

One solar day my dad decided to throw peanuts to the sparrows on the roof adjacent door, then we could capture them flying in a safe manner. It was fun watching them hover and hop about the roof.  They struggled to eat the peanuts. Then one day, out of nowhere, a male Northern Primal with his bright cerise feathers, swooped in and began crunching down the peanuts with ease. We were all pretty excited to run into the brightly colored bird so shut. He would visit us 2 to three times a day for several weeks until we took a trip out of country. Sadly, since returning, we haven’t seen him back.



Amelia Grande

Behind the Shot:

We were coming to the end of a long morning walk in Humboldt Park in Chicago when we heard a lilliputian flake of rustling in the plants near the border of the pond. We looked through the leaf and were merely barely able to see a mother Mallard with a couple ducklings taking a break from the hot summer dominicus in the shade. The way the tree’due south branches came together perfectly framed the mother, but if y’all look carefully you tin can all the same see the fluff of one of the ducklings in the reeds to the left.



Christopher Erdos

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Every spring, Cedar Waxwings migrate through on their way north. I am ready when they arrive. Nosotros have several winterberries planted about a birdbath. When I spotted them one morning, I immediately set up in a chair blind. I usually photograph from a “hibernate,” which is either a bullheaded or my truck. The birds bear much more than naturally that mode. You have to be prepare when they arrive, as a flock tin strip a establish quickly. We utilize native plants that benefit wildlife. Something has berries every month.



David D. Sloas

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Back in June, as a thunderstorm rolled in, two gulls landed on the roof of a nearby building. They did not seem interested in the peanuts we threw out for the primal, and one of the gulls ungracefully flew from one side of the rooftop to the next. As it took off, I tracked him with my camera taking several frames equally he awfully flew well-nigh. Soon after, the winds and pelting picked upwards and both gulls took off.



Amelia Grande

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I jumped out of bed faster than ever when my partner told me there were Evening Grosbeaks at our backyard feeder. The forenoon light was all the same low and the heaven was overcast, and so getting a nice, crisp picture was very challenging. Considering these birds are heavier than most that ordinarily visit our grand, they were swinging the feeder quite a lot when landing, making for some blurry shots. Eventually, I managed to get this film (despite non having a tripod) by resting my camera onto my window sill, with my 150-600 mm lens sticking out. It remains one of my favorite mornings of this crazy year.



Simona Picardi

Behind the Shot:A juvenile Anna’due south Hummingbird rears dorsum its caput, oral cavity spread broad as the mother delivers the fruits of her tireless efforts of zipping from flower to flower. The repetitive loftier-pitched cries of the hungry chick alerted me to its presence tucked just behind a cluster of leaves on the outer branch of a katsura tree. I perched in the cover of some nearby leafage and began to find this fluffy little hummingbird. The cries began to intensify and the young bird hopped from the dense leaves onto an exposed branch. A few seconds after, the adult female hummingbird perched beside the chick and began to feed it. It was an incredible feel to exist able to witness such an intimate and pure moment so up shut and personal through the telephoto lens.
—Steven Ditzler

Behind the Shot:

Welcome to the world! I was and so surprised to see this baby American Robin perched on a demote in my backyard.  For weeks nosotros had been watching the parents tend to their nest in an evergreen correct outside our living room window in the front yard. In a strange way, the pandemic helped us to appreciate what was in our ain backyards.



Kelly White

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 I visited the park early in the morning in hope to photograph something interesting.  It was on a weekend, in a quiet place. No one was around. There was a bridge through the pond. Suddenly a Green Heron landed on it. He was hanging around for some fourth dimension, walking on the bridge and handrail. It really looked like he felt alone and wanted company to “talk” and then I took a few pictures of him.




Alexander Rayev

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W
e had a late jump—the weather condition stayed cool, and I hadn’t seen many birds in the bird bath. The Business firm Finches were the first to “dive in.” I beloved watching them ruffle their feathers and submerge themselves. In this image, it looks like Mr. Finch got some h2o in his ears. Mrs. Finch is looking at him like he is ridiculous!



Sherry Rosen

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The crows are hesitant to come up into the grand while I am on the deck, only will perch on the fence observing the goings on if peanuts are present. I have been coaxing them into the yard by tossing peanuts closer to the contend, and occasionally one volition make up one’s mind the treat is worth the risk.  Crows are very observant, reacting speedily to sound and movement. This crow was about to dauntless the yard for a peanut when a jet flew overhead, causing him to plough his attention skyward and assess the threat. The crow actively tracked the movement of the jet for nearly a minute before turning his attention dorsum to the peanut.



Zora Dermer

Behind the Shot:

In that location was a two-day window this May when information technology seemed similar every migrating warbler passed through Michigan at one time. The dandy thing most migration is that you don’t accept to travel far for it, because it comes to you lot. Lucky for me those two days were right before the American beech trees leafed out, affording beautiful views of this Magnolia Warbler in his fancy breeding plumage. I similar to telephone call them wood cupcakes, because in the spring they look similar a beautifully decorated cupcake. I expect frontwards to seeing them again soon on their journey southward for the winter.



Emily Tornga

Behind the Shot:

This photo came very shut to never happening. As I sought out the source of the rustling coming from the dimly lit tree line, I barely had time to click my shutter a single fourth dimension before the bird-shaped shadow flew abroad. This was my start encounter with the species, and information technology was just as fulfilling as information technology was brief. Every bit a person who is legally bullheaded, finding birds is a particularly challenging task. Brusque of the brightly colored regulars, I rarely know what I’m looking at in real-time. My pocket-size zoom lens and large computer monitor bridge the gap between my sight and my connectedness with the natural globe. I use my photographic experience as a vehicle to larn about mutual species. Every bit I observe and learn about their behavioral nuances, I can tell the stories of the individuals I encounter.



Liz Bossoli

Behind the Shot:

At that place is a tree in my lawn with a large cavity in the middle of the trunk. Many animals take refuge in this spot, especially when it is raining. I honey that I was able to catch this Carolina Wren sitting nonetheless for a few minutes because these guys are so super fast. I also love the await on their faces and how they always await like angry piffling birds.



Jessica Nelson

Behind the Shot:

My apartment’s backyard became a regular cease for this item hungry robin in the springtime. I watched as information technology hopped effectually putting its head so close to the basis listening and watching for movement. It was pure luck that I was able to catch this shot right as it tugged hard on this worm, struggling to pull information technology out of the ground. A few seconds later on it gobbled the worm upward and flew away very satisfied.



Sarah Carey Hull

Behind the Shot:

I captured this epitome of a drake Mallard as he was moving from ane area of a pond to another. The pond is in a very big role park that is very close to dwelling. The office park was designed to have ponds and walking trails at each of the buildings and is open to the public to savor. The trails atomic number 82 you lot through and around wooded areas, flowering trees, pines, and hardwoods. In that location is also a creek that weaves through the entire property. Because of the availability of water, food, and shelter, there is an abundance of wildlife that accept adapted to living in this surface area.



Deborah Roy

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The more time I spent watching my bird feeder in my backyard the more the birds grew comfy with me. This sparrow landed a few feet from me to take hold of a problems. I dear this movie because you tin can see information technology looking back at me with such marvel. As an avid hiker I encounter many birds in their world but never considered it reached into mine in the urban center. Spending fourth dimension watching them during quarantine I have discovered so much personality among these common backyard birds.



Sarah Carey Hull

Behind the Shot:

I enjoy photographing on rainy days because of the rich and vibrant colors from the surround. On this detail rainy solar day, a Bewick’south Wren was foraging along my neighboring contend, and I waited for information technology to expose itself a fleck more than. It was a reasonable altitude away from me, so having the teleconverter attached to my lens helped capture this intimate frame of it singing.



Edgar Molina

Behind the Shot:

I’ve spent many hours listening and watching all of the birds that frequent our yard just never had I heard or seen a male Hooded Oriole. I was immediately drawn by its complicated song and was rewarded when I saw its stunning plumage. I rapidly grabbed my camera and fired off several frames of it foraging through a maple tree. Its curious and funny pose is likely representative of what I must wait like when searching for birds.



Edgar Molina

Behind the Shot:

I’d been watching this Wood Duck family unit for a couple days, equally they swam along in i of the streams in the park. The group seemed more isolated from many Wood Duck families in other parts of the park. Information technology was fun to see the little ducklings puttering around and falling over lily pads. The residue of the family had moved on, but this duckling seemed quite content to stay seated on this floating slice of bark.



Christopher Erdos

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Each morn starts with a quality walk with our pup. 1 particular forenoon we were greeted by our resident geese showing off their newborns to our neighborhood. I returned with my photographic camera to grab this young gosling family enjoying their breakfast and exploring their earth. I was able to take my time sitting in the grass nearby to watch and capture those curious fluff balls running, hopping, and playing. Mama and Papa Goose kept a close heart, allowing them to wander but calling them back if they went too far. Equally I watched the goslings tire out, i by one they snuggled up to Mama in the peace and comfort of her wing. I was grateful to share these moments with this feathered flock and made certain to take a break from looking through my lens to experience the excitement of discovery and the joy of family.



Victoria Manieri

Source: https://www.audubon.org/news/50-photos-birds-brought-joy-our-readers-year