Bird Tales

As the weather changes and leaves take on a fiery vi­brancy, ducks, owls and jays add their col­ors to the rich hues.

Birds & Blooms - - Contents - Carolyn Stu­art KANNAPOLIS, NORTH CAROLINA

The sun was set­ting

as this fe­male north­ern car­di­nal perched on a branch, wait­ing for her turn at the feeder. The warm light from the sun hit­ting her feath­ers made her look all the more beau­ti­ful and eye-catch­ing.

At a nearby lake

where I like to pho­to­graph birds, white pel­i­cans make their ap­pear­ance in spring and then leave just be­fore win­ter. One cold, foggy au­tumn morn­ing, the pel­i­cans were just be­com­ing ac­tive. This one was cir­cling me be­fore it de­cided to land, so I waited for just the right mo­ment. What I like about this im­age is how it cap­tures the move­ment of the pel­i­can’s wings in the early-morn­ing fog. Dennis Adams BUR­NEY, CAL­I­FOR­NIA

My back­yard

is one of my fa­vorite places to watch na­ture. I was keep­ing an eye out for vis­it­ing deer when I saw move­ment in the trees. This stun­ning barred owl caught my at­ten­tion and looked as if it was pos­ing for its portrait. Wanda Doni­hoo JULIETTE, GE­OR­GIA

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