Moving to a whole new country can lead to some incredible experiences. For Lisa M. Ca, one thing, in particular, caught her attention. She noticed that her new home in Michigan had some very different bird life than her old home in Germany.
“I wanted to get a little closer and started researching what cameras are out there as a little addition to my DSLR,” said Ca. “This is how I found the Bird Photo Booth.”
This was particularly interesting to Ca, since Michigan and Germany have very similar seasons and weather patterns. But the birds are quite different.
Once Ca started taking pictures, she decided to share them online. To her surprise, her “bird photo booth” was instantly popular, with pictures being shared all around the web.
What exactly is a Bird Photo Booth? It’s a special seed dish that lets birds enjoy a tasty snack…all while getting their picture taken. The birds love it. As for Ca, she captures some absolutely beautiful photos. From common Grackles to flashing Finches, the birds love posing up close and personal with the camera.
It’s amazing how beautiful even black and white feathers can be up close. This Downy Woodpecker is enjoying a nut on a snowy day, unaware of the camera close behind it.
Cardinals are some of the most striking birds around. With their brilliant scarlet color, they look especially amazing against the pure white snow. This Cardinal has a little mohawk to set off his beautiful feathers.
This Red-Winged Blackbird has earned its name for obvious reasons – those stripes of colors are breathtaking against its pitch-black feathers. Ca’s photos are a great opportunity to see the detail in these birds.
On a warmer day, this beautiful Oriole is enjoying a snack and some sunshine out on its perch. With its jewel-like eyes and bright orange breast, this bird is quite the looker.
There might be snow on the ground but this little Goldfinch just looks happy to be alive today. And it’s no wonder with that glimpse of blue sky and sunshine behind it.
Who could have ever guessed that Woodpeckers have colored eyes? This fellow is enjoying a nut while giving the camera a good view of his striking red iris.
The detailing in the pattern on this Blue Jay’s feathers is so breathtaking, it’s no wonder Ca is fascinated by these birds. Just look at those brilliant stripes of white and varying shades of blue.
Chickadees earn their name from their distinctive call: “Chickadee, chickadee, chickadee!” They’re pretty tiny, which means that these little birds need to fight for their spot on the food dish.
This Bluebird couple is apparently out on a lunch date. There’s nothing like sharing a seed on a sunny winter day to rekindle the romance.
Finches are common birds but when you see them up close, all the beautiful patterns and shades of their feathers emerge. Clearly, you can see how brown turns into red, gray, white, tan, and more.
This Blue Jay is feeling dramatic as it ducks over the seed dish. Or maybe it’s just scouting out a tasty snack.
Sometimes, common birds are the most beautiful. Just look at this Dove’s “makeup” job around its eyes!
Hummingbirds are amazing little creatures. This tiny bird lives up to its name with the jewel tones on its head and throat.
Its name might include the word “common” but there’s nothing common about this striking black beauty. If you look closely, you can see subtle variations in the color of its feathers.
This Dove is showing off all the colors on its wings with this dramatic pose.
Hummingbirds can beat their wings up to 70 times in a single second. This one just popped in for a quick moment.
It’s obvious how this Tufted Titmouse got the “tuft” part of its name. As for “titmouse”, your guess is as good as ours.
For a little bird, a single peanut is a gold mine. No wonder birds flock, literally, to Ca’s offerings in exchange for a couple of pictures.
This bird has a strikingly red breast, which is obviously how it got its name. They’re also apparently slow movers, making them perfect for photos.
This Robin is stopping in the middle of filling its beak with food to glare right into the lens, showing off its dramatic eye feathers.
This Grackle doesn’t have just nuts or seeds: it’s scored a giant moth to crunch down on. And it’s not sorry about it.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker is enjoying its food on a gorgeous sunny day. It doesn’t mind stopping for a few minutes to take a picture, too.
These Chickadees are a couple and may even have a baby of their own. They’ve got a string of saliva hanging between them.
This Bluebird is showing off every one of his brilliant colors, not just blue but also red, black, and white.
This Goldfinch is so brilliantly colored, you couldn’t possibly miss it. It doesn’t seem to notice the camera, instead gazing across the yard.
This chunky little bird has clearly been well-equipped for the winter. It’s packed on a couple extra ounces to keep it nice and warm.
This little Chickadee has stumbled on a free buffet and it looks absolutely thrilled about it. Time to tuck in!
This Tufted Titmouse has spotted the camera lens and is pretty curious about it. When you live in trees, a camera is a pretty interesting sight.
When birds fly over a food dish, you get some pretty interesting pictures. In this one, yellow wings are flapping.
You might think a Starling is just black but this close-up photo shows every color of the rainbow in those glossy dark feathers.
The camera caught this little bird in the midst of tossing back a raisin. Who knew birds could learn how to do tricks?
This little guy is eyeing the buffet with a bit of skepticism. Maybe he doesn’t like what he sees?
This little bird is pretty unique. It’s not nearly as colorful as some of the others but it’s just as beautiful.
When it comes to food, birds know that they need to stake their claim. This Goldfinch and Nuthatch are squabbling over who gets the tastiest nuts.
This Cardinal is giving the camera a glimpse of its back feathers. It cuts quite the dashing figure.
With this Cardinal caught in the bright light, you can see its scarlet feathers shimmer and shine.
This Dove seems to be in a good mood. It’s flashing a happy face into the camera, complete with its tongue out.