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These are all amazing! I'm over here going "oh look! A robin in the tree! And look at that little brown bird!" haha!
 
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Although these aren't great images, they show an amazing fight. Looking out the kitchen window one afternoon, I saw something happening and grabbed my wife's camera with very long zoom. Two male red-breasted sapsuckers where going at it, through the wire fence! They must have tussled for at least 3 minutes.

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The way they were fighting, the fence may have saved a fatality.
 
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These are all amazing! I'm over here going "oh look! A robin in the tree! And look at that little brown bird!" haha!
That's what normal people do lisa.. I see a bird and go running for the camera. chase the little thing trying to get the best shot just the right angle. People have no idea what photographers do to get the shot. I have a hunters blind or two where I will set up and sit there for hours waiting on the shot. I can see the pond is going to be a hot spot for wild life. prior to the pond I never noticed humming birds in the area.
 
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"People have no idea what photographers do to get the shot. I have a hunters blind or two where I will set up and sit there for hours waiting on the shot."

Photographers are a bunch of obsessed nuts! I do the same thing, along with waiting on many other things. The clouds need to move for the light to be right, the sun angle is wrong, the only way to get this shot of a mushroom is to be a contortionist (my wife has quite a few shots of me doing this, usually my rear is in the air, head at the camera, sprawled across the landscape).

I built my pond and small stream to attract wildlife and also as a photographic backdrop. I do have a portable blind out there, along with a couple spots where trees or brush form a good blind.
 
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You folks have some fantastic photography skills.
Thanks for posting.
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I see similar subjects but just can't capture the same quality images.
 

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You folks have some fantastic photography skills.
Thanks for posting.
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I see similar subjects but just can't capture the same quality images.
You need more than a point and shoot or phone camera!
Their equipment is fantastic, way above mine.
 
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You need more than a point and shoot or phone camera!
Their equipment is fantastic, way above mine.
Learning how to use the equipment is a big factor too. Here is one from my iPhone, if you can get close enough and adjust the settings, they do fairly well. A bit off topic as this is not from around my yard but I just do not want to make anyone feel you need the best equipment to take good pictures.

Flamingo - National Bird of The Bahamas by A & R Photography, on Flickr
 

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Learning how to use the equipment is a big factor too. Here is one from my iPhone, if you can get close enough and adjust the settings, they do fairly well. A bit off topic as this is not from around my yard but I just do not want to make anyone feel you need the best equipment to take good pictures.
It is also having the eye.

I found that artist, photographers, anybody visual, made a better sonographer (ultrasound tech) than others. I would try to hire people whom had those hobbies. They had the eye to spot the tiny disease pattern in all those gray pixels.

Most of my shots are phone, a small camera. I tend to not carry around my big camera like I do my smaller ones.
 
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It is also having the eye.

I found that artist, photographers, anybody visual, made a better sonographer (ultrasound tech) than others. I would try to hire people whom had those hobbies. They had the eye to spot the tiny disease pattern in all those gray pixels.

Most of my shots are phone, a small camera. I tend to not carry around my big camera like I do my smaller ones.
I'm lucky I have my camera sitting in the passenger seat as I work all day. I get to use it for documenting the job as well as to grab the occasional wild life that shows it's self.
 
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Not many visitors this week as the leaves have been falling and with the large maples that I have that means the lea blower has been almost non stop. but we did get a couple visitors to the falls during a break.
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Yesterday, it seems the small birds were very active. I spent about 1/2 hour out by the pond/stream and saw 4 white breasted nuthatches at once, a flock of cedar waxwings, several robins, some goldfinches, lots of juncos, our usual scrub jays, a downy woodpecker and a little gray wren (I think).

I've never seen that many nuthatches at once, they were down drinking and bathing. Unfortunately, from my blind, they were just out of sight most the time.

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I put up a 2nd dead tree and the flock of cedar waxwings decorated both of them! There must have been 25-30, split between them. They were spending a lot of time gorging on crab apples and choke cherries around the yard.

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So many beautiful bird photo's but I am waiting for one of a Partridge in a Pear tree. I'm sure one of you can come up w/that one right? Would be nice to have it by the 1st day of Christmas :joyful:
 

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I put up a 2nd dead tree
We had one huge maple, two peach trees die this year. I left them all standing for the birds. The dead trees also make great bird house communities.
 
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We had one huge maple, two peach trees die this year. I left them all standing for the birds. The dead trees also make great bird house communities.
Careful they also make great widow makers.
 

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We have a diseased Weeping Willow tree. Loaded w/holes in the trunk and leaves turn brown, branches fall off dead. Getting large, might have to eventually chop it down or it will chop us down!
 
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We had one huge maple, two peach trees die this year. I left them all standing for the birds. The dead trees also make great bird house communities.
So true, we need the dead trees for sure to help the future generations of many bird, bug species and mammal species.
 
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In the winter, we get a lot of quail in the front yard, such comical birds! They run across the snow, like Charlie Chaplin's funny walk. The only other birds that show up in such large numbers are yellow headed blackbirds and evening grosbeaks. I only got about half of them in the picture.

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