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Bird trials

I've never photographed birds before, but my next-door neighbor set up a feeder like 10 feet from our front door so I've been having fun watching them and trying to get some pictures with my long lens, which I almost never use. It might be better if I could set up a tripod, but if I even move a step, the birds scatter, so I don't think that would work. Anyway, it's good practice for me, and maybe some day I'll be able to take pictures of birds in the wild!
New neighbor
New neighbor
Hanger-on
Hanger-on
Inquisitive
Inquisitive
The last visitor
The last visitor
Eating and watching
Eating and watching
Fight at the birdhouse (1)
Fight at the birdhouse (1)
Fight at the birdhouse (2)
Fight at the birdhouse (2)
My first 'real' bird!
My first 'real' bird!
The elusive cormorant
The elusive cormorant
Iridescent
Iridescent
After a dive
After a dive
Invasion of the six
Invasion of the six
Buddies
Buddies
Perch built for two
Perch built for two
Biding his time
Biding his time
Opposing views
Opposing views
Eastern screech owl
Eastern screech owl
Fearless
Fearless
Resting up
Resting up
Feeding in concert
Feeding in concert
Bird on a wire
Bird on a wire
Caught mid-seed
Caught mid-seed
New perch?
New perch?
Sharing
Sharing
Distracted
Distracted
Alone
Alone
Posing
Posing
Mr. Duck struts his stuff
Mr. Duck struts his stuff
The contortionist
The contortionist
Red-tailed hawk high above Fort Washington
Red-tailed hawk high above Fort Washington
Two birds passing
Two birds passing
Mrs. Cardinal stops by for a bite
Mrs. Cardinal stops by for a bite
Mrs. Cardinal poses for another portrait
Mrs. Cardinal poses for another portrait
Red head
Red head
Invader
Invader
Taken aback
Taken aback
Confrontation
Confrontation
Lookout
Lookout
Mother osprey on her nest
Mother osprey on her nest
Soaring osprey
Soaring osprey
Touchdown
Touchdown
Two cormorants floating along
Two cormorants floating along
Getting ready to go fishing
Getting ready to go fishing
The elusive cardinal
The elusive cardinal
Diving for an audience
Diving for an audience
Osprey catches its lunch
Osprey catches its lunch
Takeout lunch
Takeout lunch
If looks could kill...
If looks could kill...
Heron on a golden island
Heron on a golden island
Redeye
Redeye
Redwing
Redwing
Feeding
Feeding
Basking
Basking
Mr. Cardinal poses for a portrait
Mr. Cardinal poses for a portrait
Ruffled feathers
Ruffled feathers
Bad 'hair' day
Bad 'hair' day
Dogfight
Dogfight
Coming in for a landing
Coming in for a landing
Sitting still
Sitting still
Rear view
Rear view
Starling with attitude
Starling with attitude
Robin head-on
Robin head-on
Even sparrows like to pose
Even sparrows like to pose
Silvery starling
Silvery starling
Old standbys
Old standbys
Feather-do
Feather-do
Bird bath
Bird bath
Looking at me looking at you
Looking at me looking at you
Showing off those feathers
Showing off those feathers
Showy starling
Showy starling
Crow watch
Crow watch
Keeping an eye out
Keeping an eye out
The attentive sparrow
The attentive sparrow
The leaf collector
The leaf collector
Strange bath-fellows
Strange bath-fellows
Starling stepping
Starling stepping
Frazzled starling
Frazzled starling
Bird on a wire
Bird on a wire
Contemplating the next move
Contemplating the next move
The vulture has landed
The vulture has landed
Fearless vulture
Fearless vulture
A peek into the life of Mr. & Mrs. Vulture (1)
A peek into the life of Mr. & Mrs. Vulture (1)
A peek into the life of Mr. & Mrs. Vulture (2)
A peek into the life of Mr. & Mrs. Vulture (2)
Vulture talk
Vulture talk
The gasket eater
The gasket eater
Starling love
Starling love
The inquisitive starling
The inquisitive starling
Roosevelt Island resident
Roosevelt Island resident
A cute sparrow
A cute sparrow
Late afternoon snack
Late afternoon snack
Lunch
Lunch
Osprey and catch
Osprey and catch
The very distant heron
The very distant heron
For comparison
For comparison
The red wing
The red wing
The entertainers
The entertainers
Keeping an eye on Stevie the chicken
Keeping an eye on Stevie the chicken
A blue jay at last!
A blue jay at last!
Noisy but beautiful
Noisy but beautiful
The outsider
The outsider
Headless
Headless
With head
With head
Sunlit
Sunlit
Sparrow triangle
Sparrow triangle
Posing on the bark
Posing on the bark
Hiding in the grass
Hiding in the grass
Enjoying the greenery
Enjoying the greenery
Backyard sparrow
Backyard sparrow
Across the water: In flight
Across the water: In flight
Across the water: Not all that impressed
Across the water: Not all that impressed
Across the water: Lift off
Across the water: Lift off
Across the water: Face off
Across the water: Face off
Across the water: Three's a crowd
Across the water: Three's a crowd
Just sittin'
Just sittin'
Robin in a tree
Robin in a tree
Osprey in flight
Osprey in flight
Sunbathing
Sunbathing
The squawker
The squawker
Still making a racket
Still making a racket