Since I’ve gotten more devoted to photographing birds, it’s been great to discover and re-discover the birds of my homeland during my visits over the last two summers. But nothing compares quite to winter when my mother hangs bird feeders outside the kitchen window.
My mom, like many people, doesn’t believe in putting bird food out in the summer, when the native birds are supposed to feed off the aphids and native seeds and be part of the circle of life. But in winter some of those birds apparently need an extra helping of fat and protein, so it’s time for the seeds and peanuts to come out.
This winter, I had the pleasure of spending a week with my parents (for my dad’s 80th birthday). I got to watch a lot of birds through the kitchen window. And I also got to take a few photos.
Unfortunately, the German birds were pretty skittish and pretty clever – so as soon as my super slow-moving shadow approached, they’d fly off. And even when I stood still for as long as I could in the winter cold without moving… the birds would wait until I had gone back inside before they all returned.
Here are a few more photos I captured this winter during a few days in Germany…
Thank you to my Mami for feeding the birds and providing me and us with a chance to visit with these birds for a bit.