Spring is taking it's sweet time arriving to Rhode Island. Today was one of the nicest days we had so far. I was able to sit outside and watch our backyard friends. In the last blog post I mentioned how I am trying to learn more about each bird. My other goal is to capture each one in flight. It is not easy but when it happens it's the best feeling.
I was able to grab a few wings in flight today. I also learned the voice of a Red-bellied Woodpecker. He's fast + has a very distinctive call. I caught one photo of him in flight. You can only see his wings but I still dig it a lot.
Last year started my bird photography addiction began. This year it's just as strong as ever. I want to learn more about the birds I capture. Not just their name, but the sound they make and their characteristics. Last year I only saw a Cardinal a handful of times. This year they are more frequent but usually closer to sunset.
Today the Cardinal was early so of course I made my way outside as quiet as possible with my camera. I did notice whenever I see a male Cardinal, the female is only a few feet away. This day was no exception. I only grabbed one picture of Mrs. Cardinal but I kept thinking about her. Is that his wife?? Well, I looked it up + it turns out Cardinals typically mate for life. Sometimes they go separate ways for the winter but when mating season returns so do these love birds. I found this fascinating!!! I love these loyal Cardinals.
I work in Newport, RI a lot. Whenever I do, I ALWAYS try to stop at the beach. I love photographing the waves. They are always different depending on the weather and today they were pure aqua/gray.
While I was watching the waves crash I noticed one of the seagulls messing with a seashell. He was clearly trying to eat whatever was inside. Then the coolest thing happened. The seagull grabbed the shell, flew up into the air + would drop it back on the ground. He was trying to smash it open!! He did it over and over... I couldn't stop watching. He moved so quickly it was hard to capture on camera. However I did get a few shots with the shell in in his mouth in the air. Check them out below.
My Dad lives right next to a large lake in Bedford, MA. We went to visit for Easter. After dinner my Dad took us for a walking tour around the lake. The local beavers had been VERY busy getting their home together. Unfortunately we didn't see any of the beavers but I got many shots of their work-in-progress, along with a few other nature pics of course.