By Jonathan Hoiles, Photo Club Leader
For many, enjoying the sights and sounds of backyard birds is a favorite pastime.
When the weather is nice, I make it my morning routine to grab a cup of coffee, head to the backyard and just relax for a few moments with the birds before starting my day.
I’ll water the plants, top off the feeders with a few more seeds and hummingbird nectar, and clean the birdbaths before adding fresh cold water.
It’s relaxing and comforting to see familiar birds, such as the Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, and Tufted Titmouse. During migration season, new friends arrive, such as the Brown Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and warblers such as the Pine Warbler and the Yellow-rumped Warbler. It’s always exciting to see what new birds will come through each season.
I welcome everyone to share your own backyard bird photographs during our next Photo Club meeting by uploading to our Smugmug account. Name each photo with your last name followed by the species (e.g., Lastname_Speciesname, such as Smith_Spoonbill).
Upload photos as .jpg files at least 24 hours before the meeting.
Limit 8 photos or less (or what you can show in about 5 minutes). Be ready to tell us about your photo during the meeting.
For additional information, I recommend you check out the following articles on backyard bird photography:
“How to set up the perfect perch for backyard bird photography” – National Audubon Society
“The ultimate guide to backyard bird photography” – Birds and Blooms
“How to get started photographing backyard birds” - Birdwatching