Spectacular photos of Eastern Bluebird, Western Tanager, and other birds
Published: March 7, 2012
has been photographing birds for more than 20 years, and we've been
publishing her work for almost as long. Her credits in Birder's World/BirdWatching include seven cover
photos, the second-highest total in the history of the magazine. Her
most recent was a Common Redpoll on our December 2009 cover. And she has contributed several photo essays and feature stories, including a recent profile of the Black Tern.
photos regularly appear in books, calendars, and other magazines. And
she showcased her photographic and writing skills in her fantastic book,
Secret Lives of Common Birds: Enjoying Bird Behavior Through the Seasons
(Houghton Mifflin, 2005). In May 2012, Marie and nature-sound recordist Lang Elliott released Music of the Birds Volume 1, an e-book for the iPad. We're elated to present this gallery of eight
recent photos Marie has shot across the United States. In the captions, she explains where and how she took them. Enjoy!
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I photographed this male Eastern Bluebird as it visited the winterberry patch in my bird garden. I live at high elevation, and it had been nearly 10 years since I last hosted bluebirds in winter. This past winter of 2011-2012, my winterberry shrubs had a huge fruit crop. Add a mild and relatively snow-free winter, and conditions were ripe for half-hardy birds to stick around. And they did! To get this image, I sat in a blind nearby with my tripod-mounted camera and 500mm lens. I’ve found that bird-friendly gardening is a great way to attract birds to the yard for photography.