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The Elusive Wild Bird Photo

The Elusive Wild Bird Photo
Wildlife photography is a true test of patience.  You try and try and try to get something but the animals just won't cooperate with you.  They don't understand that you are not a threat to them directly nor will you give their position away to predators.  This makes life difficult for us.

Cramer Imaging's photograph of a bird feeder set up for wild birds against green grass in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
My spouse recently installed a bird feeder right outside the big picture window in the living room.  This was entirely for the cats.  We have been watching Jackson Galaxy and his cat show on Animal Planet and found this piece of advice worth trying.  Jackson calls it "cat TV."  I must agree.

It took a bit for the wild birds to notice that there was now food available right there.  This was predictable.  It took a little longer for the cats to notice that birds were now dropping in right next to one of their favorite perches on the back of the couch.  Once that happened, it was so cute to watch the cats.  They can easily be entertained for hours watching out that window now.

The birds did notice that they were being watched.  It makes them extra alert even though they still come for free food.  The cats adapted by hiding themselves behind stuff but where they could still see the activity outside the window.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality pet portrait of a tuxedo colored cat with different colored eyes staring intently left in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
Here is one of the reasons that birds are a bit difficult to shoot photos of out that window.
Being a photographer, I started noticing that there were also some photo opportunities there if I composed the shot right.  The variety of small birds checking out the new food dish was better than I was getting just by walking the yard and hoping to spot something.

Cramer Imaging's professional nature animal photograph of a wild finch bird perched on a black rod in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
I tried to get shots but the birds either noticed me or the cats sitting right there and would not stay long.  I have tried with finches of all kinds, sparrows, starlings, robins, and several other small birds.  Finally, I managed to get a finch pair at that time when the western sun shines on the window and hides what is behind it.

One of the finches was sitting right where I wanted it to: on top of the shepherd's crook where the bird feeder is hanging.  It decided to stay there for a few minutes too.  Thanks to my camera being ready with a memory card and telephoto lens, I was prepared for this bird this time.

The triumph of finally getting an amazing little wild bird photograph was a bit contagious.  My spouse was delighted too.  We are pleased to share with all of you this lovely picture of a wild finch just outside our window.