Jeannine feeds the birds

I have had some luck recently feeding wild birds out of my hand. I stand next to the bird feeder, sunflower seeds in my bare outstretched hand, and wait… and wait… and three times in the last few weeks, a small bird has lit on my fingertips and grabbed a seed. It’s pretty cool.

I’ve been encouraging Jeannine to try it, and a couple of days ago, when she went out to fill the bird feeder, she came REALLY close to getting a bird to eat out of her hand. I think she was startled when the bird landed on her hand, and she reflexively moved a bit — and it was enough to make the wild, naturally skittish bird fly off.  

But I had my camera set up in the window, looking out at the scene, and I captured some video from which I grabbed the following six frames. I love the expression on Jeannine’s face as she feels the little bird feet grasping her fingers. I saw this from inside the house (I was watching at the moment when the bird landed on her hand), but the slow-motion video setting of my camera caught her wonderful reaction in its several stages. — PL

(P.S.Actually, as I think more about it, I realize that the bird MAY have grabbed a seed from her hand. It all happened pretty quickly, so I might have missed that. I’ll have to watch the slow-motion video again more carefully.)

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4 responses to “Jeannine feeds the birds

  1. Glad you liked the images! I would not have been able to capture them — at least not easily — without the feature of this Casio camera which allows for taking slow-motion video. Jeannine’s startled/pleased expression lasted about two seconds, at most, so I am very happy I was able to grab these frames from the video.
    I have to say that although I have taken hundreds of photos of Jeannine, these are probably in the top twenty… maybe top ten. — PL

    • I just showed this post to my husband and he enjoyed it, too. We agree they’re great photos of Jeannine and feathered friend! Definitely top ten material. 🙂

  2. If ever there was a visual image for Supreme Joy, this is it. Such a glorious moment…I’m so glad you captured Jeannine’s encounter with that bird (JOY!), and that you shared the experience with us.

  3. If ever there was a visual image for Supreme Joy, this is it. Such a glorious moment…I’m so glad you captured Jeannine’s encounter with that bird (JOY!), and that you shared the experience with us.

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