Cary, NC — Someone recently asked me, “What is something that was always there before the pandemic that you didn’t notice until staying home?” After a moment of thought, I answered “the birds.”
My curiosity stemmed from a previous article on birdwatching and before I knew it I was sitting in a chair on my patio with my Nikon pointed at birdfeeder — waiting.
It wasn’t long before I was astounded by the variety and the frequency of birds coming to the yard. The more time I spent outside, the more I was learning. I started to find myself deciphering the different chirps, identifying which bird I was looking for before I saw it. Being that I love to take photos, it became an instant hobby to capture the beauty I was seeing.
A surprising benefit from taking a closer look at birds is that I’ve noticed in them a lot of what I have been missing from people.
I get eye contact from them. There’s always a sense of mutual curiosity. I also get amusement from them as their heads swivel back and forth wondering where all the camera clicking noises are coming from. Admittedly, I also get frustration from them too. I have often lined up a great shot with good lighting, some blurred flowers in the background and at the moment of snapping the photo, the limb is all of a sudden bare. No more bird.
They are quick, they are sharp and on occasion, they are just still enough to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorite backyard photos.
Story and photos by Ashley Kairis.