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Old Feb 22, 2012, 7:32 PM   #1
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Recently had a rare day when weather, chores, etc kept me indoors all day. So I decided to try a few "through the window" shots (actually, "through the glass door" shots) out into the backyard, under the bird feeder. Had to wash a lot of dog-snout smudge marks off the window!

Needed very slow shutter speeds (heavy rains = quite dark), so most of the action shots were much too blurry. But got a few useable low-angle portrait shots.

Here's a male Cardinal with a mouthful of oil sunflower seed.
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As the Cardinal was leaving, a White Throated Sparrow moved into view...
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White Throated Sparrows are only here in Tennessee in the wintertime, but we are enjoying their spring songs already! (A simple but lovely whistle...) And we notice some color variations - not related to gender, just some individuals have more muted colors...
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Working at a low angle meant a good look at all the Mourning Doves (named for their rather mournful-sounding call). These birds are already beginning to pair off, and will probably begin making their (very sloppy & loose) nests in the shrubs soon...
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I will close with a few shots of a non-feathered backyard visitor. Gray Squirrels have a hard time finding enough food in the late winter/early spring. Most of last year's seed & nut crop is gone, and this year's crop is a long way off. So this squirrel was very glad to forage for "leftovers" under the feeder!
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Hope you enjoyed these "backyard critters!" Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Very enjoyable ! I just wish we had anything like that in our garden (but then our GSD is very territorial with birds & animals - not humans, she lets anyone just stroll in !).

Those Cardinals really are lovely.
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Kevin - Glad you enjoyed these. Our dogs stay indoors (when we're not hiking, running, etc together), but still try to bark all the birds & "critters" away.

I was surprised at how clear some of these shots came out, despite working through double-paned glass, darkness and slow shutter speeds...
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Excellent results considering the conditions especially.

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If you hadn't said so, I never would have guessed these were taken through a glass door. Very nice photos. I especially like the second shot of the white throated sparrow, looking directly at you and almost seems to be asking "hey, what's your problem?"
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