Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 23, 2012

Just a big fury bird

Filed under: backyard, behavior, Birds, curiosities, Non Birds — richditch @ 2:32 pm
Rabbit with Gambel's Quail

Rabbit with Gambel's Quail

I don’t take many photos of the birds in our back yard, preferring birds in more natural settings that I come into contact with in random encounters. But we like having birds around and we’ve been feeding birds in our yard since we moved to Phoenix in 1994, and for the 26 years we owned a house in New Jersey.

My wife Carol’s philosophy is that every bird and creature that shows up needs to be fed, and fed often and in great quantities. In NJ we had a number of seed feeders out and the amount of money spent on black oil sunflower seed was astonishing – it takes a lot to feed some species and on one memorable winter day with a raging storm I estimated 600 Evening Grosbeaks at ther feeders and in the trees around the yard waiting a chance to feed.

Here in AZ our feeding strategy is less complicated – I simply spread cheap birdseed in the yard each afternoon for the doves, sparrows, and quail. All the backyard regulars know the sound of the patio door and the sound when I scoop up the seed to spread. The doves fly in from their perches on the edge of the yard and the quail cluck exictedly from under their protective bush in the corner.

Recently we have been surprised to see one of the resident rabbits has learned the feeding drill and now joins the quail to feed on the scattered birdseed. We haven’t figured out if the rabbit uses the same audio cues as the birds or if it simply sees the birds gather and joins them, but the rabbit joins the frenzy almost as quickly as the birds come in.

I shot this with limited depth of field placed on the ears and eye of the rabbit with the mass of quail surrounding it. The subject is the rabbit, not the birds for a change.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S lens with TC20E III (2x), tripod, ISO 800, 1/800th second at f/6.3, through glass of patio door.

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3 Comments »

  1. Fun shot Rich!

    Comment by Ron Dudley — February 23, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

  2. Very amusing Rich-wait ’till he tells his friends…

    Comment by Chuck Gangas — February 23, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  3. Looks very familiar, my wife this winter has developed the same philosophy, that all the desert birds behind our condo need to fed and now she has the rabbits waiting for her in the morning. Wonderful perspective on this shot.

    Comment by Jim Hackley — March 2, 2012 @ 3:13 pm


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