Zen Photography and Being with the Birds

"In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence" 
 Robert Lynd

As I sit in the garden, with camera in hand, I watch and listen. I have come to understand the pecking order of our resident birds as they do their aerial dance around the feeder.
 There are our territorial pine tree red cardinals, the front garden bois d'arc  bluejays, redwing blackbirds, chickadees, finches, doves, sparrows and woodpeckers.  The bluejays work in tag teams and are aggressive little stinkers. We don't often get woodpeckers at the birdfeeder but this one was very intent and wasn't going to let the male red cardinal get in the way.
"Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts."
Coleman Cox
The Red Cardinal had this look like "EXCUUUUUSE me" but the woodpecker got his sunflower seed, and off he went.

How's this for a GREAT shot taken in the UK


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