Feeding The Locals

I’ve been very excited to start using my new camera but I’ve been so busy doing other things lately that I’ve hardly used it at all.

I have had a lot of activity around my many bird feeders, so I finally took out my new toy and grabbed a few snaps. It’ll take me quite a while to figure out all of the settings and get some really good shots. I’m a little disappointed in myself for not learning more about it first before using it. I’m a little lost at the moment. I am sure I’ll get it in time. Until then, here are a few photos that I took of some of the regulars that come around:

Downy Woodpecker

Male Cardinal

Male And Female American Goldfinch

Eastern Gray Squirrel Hiding Among The Apple Blossoms

Male Baltimore Oriole

10 thoughts on “Feeding The Locals

    1. Thanks. The orioles that come to visit are quite bright and beautiful. They also make quite interesting sounds. They can make very pleasant songs noises and some horrible screeching “angry-squirrel-like” sounds when they are agitated.

      I used the 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 lens for these.

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    1. Thanks. Unfortunately having fun often requires free time. Gotta stop working outside on my days off so much so I can relax and enjoy life a bit more. Although, working outside can be fun as well…and rewarding.


  1. Very nice! Looks like the camera is working great!

    BTW – if you’re looking for software to do processing of photos, the best alternative to the now subscription only Photoshop is Affinity. It’s only $50, and you own it, not a subscription like PS. And it has about 99% of the stuff PS has. GIMP is free and is fairly sophisticated but the user interface is, IMO, horrible. I have Affinity on my big iMac and it’s great, but I’ve been tied into the whole Photoshop system for so long that I’ve stuck with that.

    The Photoshop subscription plan isn’t horrible in the grand scheme of things. Costs me about $20/month and that includes free updates to new versions as they come out. But you don’t own the software. Stop paying the subscription and the software goes away.

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    1. I’ve ordered a new PC which should arrive in the next couple of weeks. Once it does, I plan on installing some sort of editing software. The camera bundle I bought included a cheap Corel program. I will probably try that first and see how well it does. I used to use Picassa 3 years ago and then it was discontinued. It was simple to use and had some good features.


    1. Good point Jim. Everything is possible with a little patience and with gaining some knowledge about whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish. I’m hoping to have some better results in time.

      I should hopefully do a little better with the camera than I would with aiming a sailboat at my subjects.

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  2. These are lovely, Ben! It looks like the new camera is working out nicely for you. I love that you got pics of several different types of birds, though the shot of the squirrel is my favorite.

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    1. The squirrels can be a nuisance when they steal too much of the food away from the birds or scare them away, but they can also be cool subjects to focus on. They are very smart and fun to watch.

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