The two most photographed types of wildlife in my backyard would be birds and grey squirrels. Like all birds some species are more comfortable with humans than others. I find Blue Jays, Chickadees and Woodpeckers are some of the birds that are more comfortable being photographed while the Northern Cardinal is probably the most guarded.
I have four different types of bird feeders that have different kinds of bird feed in them to attract different species of birds. Food, water, protective cover and a sheltered place to raise young are the basic requirements for any wild animal’s survival. Satisfy these needs, and all you’ll have to do to photograph wildlife is step out the door.
Backyard animals are often accustomed to human presence, allowing you to approach close enough for a photograph if you move slowly and quietly. Squirrels and rabbits are usually tolerant enough to permit a photograph using a telephoto lens. The type of wildlife photos you can capture in your backyard is limited only by your imagination and the number of animals you’re able to attract. Get to know more about the types of wildlife in your area.
As you can see from the images above Blue Jays love peanuts. Sometimes
all it takes is patience, right time, right place or just plain luck or all. I always keep my camera nearby with a telephoto lens on it so I can capture the moment.
Who says nature has to be photographed in colour. This blue jay was on a tree in our backyard probably telling me the feeder was out of peanuts.
Always keep your windows clean. This was shot through my patio door. If I had
opened the door they would have flown away. I am always thrilled when I can get a an image of a cardinal. This past summer I had several families come to my feeders and when I saw this young female drinking out of our dog’s water bowl with the sparrows I just had to capture it.
The image below was captured after I had filled up the bird feeder with peanuts and had gone back in the house. A female cardinal is cleaning up the mess I made on our patio table. This image was shot through the patio window and I can’t stress enough about making sure your windows are clean.
This was taken on my daughter’s 19th birthday a couple of years ago. This female cardinal flew into one of our windows. My daughter had picked her up to ensure she was ok. My camera was nearby and I was able to get a couple of shots before this beauty happily flew away.
Although the lighting the day this image was taken was not fantastic I could not pass up the opportunity to photograph these three. I call this one “The Three Stooges”.
This is my rodent friend Oliver. He is an Eastern Grey Squirrel. As you can tell he is a handsome fellow and likes to pose for me. I have been photographing him for almost a year now. The shot below was taken this past summer and the collage of images was taken this winter.
Having bird feeders may attract wildlife that you may or may not want. As you can see from the last two images we had a family of rats that were nice enough to share the food with the squirrels and birds in my backyard. I love animals of all kinds and love capturing them. Whatever you chose to photograph in your backyard have fun with it and enjoy.