Backyard Birds 2022 — Crops Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, I’ve been taking a lot of photos of birds.

The 100% Crop series is just at it sounds. Each photo shows a bird cropped from a larger photo. Most of the crops will be 100%, but not all.

Regardless, the photos will be fairly large close-ups of the birds. And, what better way to begin than with a Bald Eagle?

For photos at 100% crop (the above photo isn’t), if your browser window is set to full screen, and if your screen is large enough, when you click on the photo, it will fill the screen. If your cursor shows as a circle with a ‘plus’ sign, it means your screen resolution is smaller than the photo, in which case, you can click on the photo to further zoom in to 100% resolution.

The above shot was taken from the car. Even at 300mm zoom (450 effective), the bird is fairly small. I can crop the image and it’s still small.

Of course, in SmugMug, you can view the first photo at full resolution and it’ll be a tad larger . . . but, I also ran the photo through Topaz GigaPixel and doubled the resolution . . .

The first photo will look the same, but it’s actually twice as large . . . as you can see by the crop version.

The full size in SmugMug is a tad more than 4200×3000 pixels
approximate 100% view of the 2X enlarged photo (click to open in another tab or window)
2X enlargement of a second photo

All these photos and a few more will be in the SmugMug gallery HERE.

Next up . . . more photos of a Gray Catbird. In this photo, you can see another reason — besides its calls — why it might be so-named . . . whiskers!

“Hey! . . . I can’t help it; I don’t own a razor!”
“However, I can do the Death Stare!”
“Pretty awesome, no?”
“What do you mean by ‘creepy’?!”

These next photos are pretty close to 100% crops . . . of a Common Grackle.

“Look to the left!”
“Look to the right!”
“Look up!”
“Look down!”
“Dive! Dive! Dive!”

I’m constantly in a battle of wills with Grackles. They tend to crowd out smaller birds and empty feeders . . . but, I’m an engineer and love the challenge of coming up with stuff to thwart their resolve. My latest modifications seem to have curtailed their actions.

Red-winged Blackbirds are also capable of making short work of feeders, and my latest changes seem to also have stopped their raids.

Finches and sparrows are the most frequent visitors when larger birds aren’t hogging the feeders. These next pair are House Finches.

Song Sparrows tend to forage under the feeders, but they will occasionally fly up to them.

. . . he don’t look very happy with me . . .

Here’s another House Finch. I’ll probably have more photos of them in future posts.

Obviously, this next critter isn’t a bird . . . but I’ll include him (her?) because it looked so peaceful and content munching on my neighbor’s weeds.

Here’s a three-photo series of another Red-winged Blackbird . . . .

I mentioned the Downy Woodpecker before, and here’s one having a go at the peanut butter suet balls.

Another type of finch that visits the feeders is the American Goldfinch. Four photos of a breeding male showing off its plumage.

Here’s a shot of his wings and tail . . .

Another non-avian critter . . . squirrels make frequent visits under the feeders, and — on occasion — have made it up to the feeders due to oversights on my part. Those instances have stopped because I moved nearby launching places and raised the baffle above the height it can jump.

Next up, is a three-photo series of a Mourning Dove launching from the top of the neighbor’s roof. It’s quite far away, so the photos aren’t as good as I’d hoped, but still interesting.

I’m going to end with two photos of a female Northern Cardinal . . . quite the lady, she is.

If you want to see a slideshow of the entire gallery (these and previous photos), click HERE. Remember that you can pause and navigate by hand. Note: unfortunately, I can’t do a slideshow of only the above photos.

I can probably do a video slide show of just certain photos, and perhaps I’ll try that next time.

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