Songbirds - Ryan Taylor

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Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Beavercreek, Ohio

My backyard is the perfect practice area for bird photography. It is convenient when I can't travel far but wanna take the camera out for a bit. There is ample distance between the house and multiple bird feeders set up on the other side of the yard. In the middle of the feeders is a Crab Apple (Malus spp.) tree from which the Titmouse is perched. A large ceramic bird bath is situated near the tree as well. To top it all off there are three large pine needle spruce trees behind the feeders from which birds can take cover during storms or the occasional hawk. It is a setup I have tweaked over time but works well. There is essentially plenty of area for wildlife to feed and move around.

The way this bright and cheery Tufted Titmouse stands out against the dark background makes for a nice use of contrast and emphasis. Naturally the human eye is drawn to the brightest part of a picture. In this case I deliberately made sure the background was dark as can be. Overall a tack sharp bird portrait that is one of my favorites.

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