With the COVID-19 lock-down keeping me home, and a red flowering currant bush in full bloom in the back yard, today was a perfect day for some backyard songbird photography.

I moved my suet block feeder next to the flowering currant bush and set up my Tragopan pop-up photo blind about 10 feet away.  In minutes the birds were on the feeder and perching on the flowering currant, just as I had hoped.

Watch the video below to join me on this backyard photo shoot, featuring Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna), chestnut-backed chickadee (Poecile rufescens), black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus) and black-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis).

Male spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus) perched on pink flowering currant bush, Snohomish, Washington, USA
Male spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus) on pink flowering currant, Washington
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Male dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) perched on pink flowering currant bush, Snohomish, Washington, USA
Male dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) on pink flowering currant bush, Washington
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Male spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus) perched on pink flowering currant bush, Snohomish, Washington, USA
Male spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus) on pink flowering currant, Washington
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Equipment for Backyard Songbird Photography

Tragopan Grouse V+ photo blind
Sony a6600 camera
Sony 200-600mm f/6.3 lens (300-900mm equivalent on a6600 crop sensor)
Feisol Classic Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
Sevenoak SK-GH02 Carbon Fiber Gimbal Tripod Head
Topaz DeNoise AI noise removal software

2 Comments

  1. Brian (cousin)

    Nice work Brad! Enjoyed the video and the photos.

    • Loretta M Hamm

      I love watching the birds Brad. So I enjoyed seeing your photographs.
      Those are seen in my yard too. I have a feeder for them and also nectar for the hummers.
      Also love the sweet little chickadee. Thanks for sharing.

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