|Cardinal, adult male|
Keeping our bird-feeder filled is a task -- even in summer when berries, seeds, etc., are readily available. The pay-off is that we have a wide variety of feathered visitors stopping by for a snack. Photographing birds is an exercise in patience, but I've been surprised at how many stay within range of my lens long enough for me to capture a few images.
The male cardinal in the photo at right was a regular visitor a few summers ago, and although somewhat shy, seemed almost proud of remaining within focus for a few minutes.
In my watercolor sketch, I took a few liberties with the setting -- adding some blue sky for contrast -- but tried to capture his leafy hide-away.
|"Male Cardinal" 6" x 6" |
Goldfinch, adult male (right) with female Tufted Titmouse (left)
|Goldfinch, adult male|
|Half-way through the process...|
|"Goldfinch" 7.5" x 5.5"|
|Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, adult male|
|Young male Grosbeak, fed by adult male|
When planning my watercolor sketch, I referred to a photo of a House Sparrow that I took the same afternoon as the Grosbeaks. I thought the sparrow's pose would work well as it has a more dynamic aspect than a bird simply pecking away at the feeder with its face half-hidden.
The sparrow's pose also would show the adult male Grosbeak's red bib to better advantage.