A Decisive Moment in a Bluebird Minute

The decisive moment when the female bluebird approaches the nest while the male bluebird stands guard.
The decisive moment when the female approaches the nest while the male stands guard.

Story & photos by Bob Feldman

This is the story of a single minute in the lives of a pair of nesting eastern bluebirds. Encompassed within that one minute was a decisive moment when a hoped-for image was captured: an action photo of a female bluebird flying high and carrying nesting material close-approaching her nest box from the left while her male mate looked on from the upper right part of the box’s roof. This hope was not unreasonable; it was based on repetitive observation of more or less routine bird behavior. However, even observation could not take place until the right physical environment for bluebirds had first been established.

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Chasing Spring Warblers

Magnolia Warbler

Story and photos by Bill Palmer

Most of us are pretty adroit at photographing eagles, hawks, pelicans, ducks and other large birds, but what about photographing small, hyperactive, secretive birds such as warblers? Adding to the challenge, when you do get a chance to see one, it may only be visible for a few seconds and is often in dark shadows. From basic bird biology, to techniques, to equipment, here are some field-tested hints to photographing these challenging species.

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Photographing Birds of Prey

Photo of owl in flight, © Scott Dere.
Photo © Scott Dere

Birds of Prey are fascinating animals.  Fierce and determined, swift and dangerous, they make great photographic subjects.  But, and there’s always a “but” in nature photography, they’re devilishly difficult to photograph.  If you’ve found yourself challenged when attempting to capture great images of these magnificent creatures, sign up now for NANPA’s Webinar, “Photographing Birds of Prey,” presented by Scott Dere, which will begin on Wednesday, December 11th at 4pm EST.

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