Birds in Illinois

| 9/2/2008 4:33:14 PM

Tags: birds, photographs,

The recent article in GRIT magazine titled “How to Watch a Bird” had me reflecting on this past summer and all the birds I have been noticing and what fun they are to photograph. The challenge is getting that perfect shot! I love this picture I took recently so much I have it as my computer screen saver!

Adult swan, blue heron and ducks

We have discussed various birds for our country home – guinea fowl, peacocks, and my favorite ... swans! I know what a huge bird the swan is as I have been observing a mated pair each season give birth and raise their babies. This year there are six babies and they are adorable. The first photos were taken June 8, 2008, and you can see how they have grown in 2 months from the last photo. We are not 100 percent sure if we will have swans on the pond, but they sure are a beautiful bird!

Swan with babies

Baby swans

Proud parent swan and babies

Razor Family Farms
9/10/2008 2:53:38 PM

Oh, the lats picture -- beautiful and scary! Having been attacked by a swan... I have a healthy respect for them. Love this post! Lacy NEWS at Razor Family Farms (

Cindy Murphy
9/3/2008 6:39:00 PM

Hi, Debbie and Lori. Like both of you, I love to watch the birds. My feeder is positioned just so - so I have a perfect view of it from my front porch where I drink my coffee in the mornings. I plant a lot of stuff for the birds too - when we moved in almost nine years ago, there was barely any landscaping - not even a single flower, but we were blessed with large maples, a huge 15 foot smoke-bush, and a hedge of bridal veil spirea. I took it from there and am amazed at the number of different bird species that visit now, compared to when we first moved in. Nothing though, compared to all the birds at the nursery! Nearly forty acres of plants, fields, and forest, and I see gobs birds every day, (my favorites are the Indigo Buntings). We were lucky this year - not only did we have a pair of green herons on the pond for most of the summer, but for a few weeks they shared it with a couple of great blue herons. Scared me half to death everytime I took the Gater back there, and one of them swooped overhead!

9/3/2008 6:44:21 AM

Debbie, Just looking at those beautiful swans and those ADORABLE babies has my shutter finger twitching!!! Birds are one of my favorite photography subjects. I love to watch them! This past year I watched and photographed Bluebirds, Cardinals, and Chipping Sparrows caring for their young. It amazes me how quick they are to come back with insects for their babies. They are great hunters, and a benefit to my gardens! I watched them fly into my garden boxes, and come out with insects many times. The little Chipping Sparrows would have their mouth so full of insects, I don't know how they held onto them all! From your photos, it looks like you have lots of birds to photograph. The Swans are gorgeous birds! I haven't had an opportunity to get any pics of them yet. You have inspired me to do a blog on the birds I've seen this year! Please keep posting on your birds, I love looking at them!

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