Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hurry up and Wait for the Birds

My mission was photoing birds at one of my carved gourd birdfeeders... seemingly simple, right? The birds had been coming and going all morning, like my feeders were Grand Central Station. My bait was black oil sunflower seed, topped with chopped peanuts. Our tufted titmice love peanuts!

After about an hour of sitting quitely and still with camera poised, not one bird was to be seen. I then rigged this very crude blind with branches, vest and bedsheets. The vest arm opening was my window as I sat on a little stool within. After a while the birds started coming back.

My arms were mighty tired from holding the camera up in one position for so long, but I finally managed to get a few shots of a tufted titmouse at one of my gourd birdfeeders!

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10 comments:

My Mother's Garden said...

Lynn, What a great idea for pictures of your work! looks like it was a bit of an adventure to get those shots...and well worth it! Wouldn't it be great if you could get pictures like these for each listing!

Midnightcoiler said...

Thanks Karrita! I'm just going to use these of our personal feeder in some of my listings, just to show that the birds use them. During nesting season I hope get a shot of birds using one of my houses. Lol, can only imagine how much waiting that will involve!

Christina Studio Designs said...

The photos turned out great!!!! :)

hoganfe said...

Lyn you are truly dedicated sitting that long so glad it worked! Love the pics!

mary

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

Beautiful pictures, Lynn! Hubs and I have feeders too and love watching the birds in our yards. Great job of capturing the bird. :o)

Pamela Zimmerman said...

yay! So glad you got a pic! what a hoot the blind is!

Glorious Hats said...

WOW! amazing photos, no wonder you are pleased even though sore. Great investment. Love the creativity of the blind too.

Christine said...

Hi, I have pleasure in passing on a Sunshine Award to you. Its great to see traditional crafts being continued with new designs.

Waterrose said...

YOu were very determined and patient! Great shots of the birds!

paula said...

you are crazy in a good way...who does that!!!!! but i see it was worth it to get the picture. your gourd is fantastic and its cool to see a bird with it :) i know i would NOT have your patience.