02/12/11 - Caught in the Act!
Yesterday afternoon, I was minding my own business getting something to drink in the kitchen when I noticed that every bird in the world was at my feeders. Seriously, there must have been 50-75 birds out there at once. Besides the smaller song birds, I noticed bigger birds moving from limb to limb and what a bounce that was. Oh! The Robins have discovered that the holly berries are ready for eating. Oh!!! There are Cedar Waxwings in with the Robins. Grab camera. Start taking pics!
The last time I got a robin with a berry in his mouth was right at two years ago:
These opportunities are rare for me. Maybe if I'm lucky, I'll get another shot over the next few weeks.
The berries of hollies and other plants are not ready to eat in the fall. It takes cold nights to age them just right so they are good for eating. February and March can be the hardest months of the year for birds to get food due to all the snow cover, and mother nature has made sure that that's when the berries are ripe for the eating. Based on my photos, February must be when the American Holly berries in my yard are ready. I find that fascinating.
I wish the beak and berry were more in focus. Oh well. Cropped, ran through Noiseware, and added two OnOne PhotoFrame frames.
Thanks for your feedback on the cardinal. Wish some of you could come hang out and take bird pics with me.