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Picture of the Day - September 22, 2009


Photo of some rather interesting birds 'standing guard' at a birdfeeder.
Photo courtesy of Juanita L. Ruffner.                     (Click on the photo for a larger view)

The first thing that struck me when I saw today's picture was how the two birds on either end of the feeder appear to be standing guard as if they're expecting some kind of devious attack. And who knows, maybe they were...

I really like this photograph for a number of reasons, and it's my pleasure to share it with you. Here is photographer Juanita Ruffner with a little background info:

    "We have a variety of birds coming into our feeders. The ones on the
    left are House Finches and on the right is a pair of Chipping Sparrows.
    The front chipping sparrow is a baby. It was bigger than the parent,
    and it was funny watching the baby flapping its wings and "squawking"
    for its parent to feed it!"
       --Juanita L. Ruffner
Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:
    Camera: Nikon D300
    Focal length: 410mm
    Shutter speed: 1/400 second
    Aperture: f/6.3
    ISO: 200

Visitor Comments...
    Name: Wilford Simmons
    Town: Darien, IL

    Great shot Juanita. I love watching the birds at my feeders during the wintertime, and they always seem to be up to something!
    Name: Ed Morrison
    Town: Dunwoody, GA

    Nice indeed.
    Name: Janine Stamper
    Town: Crossville, TN

    Put out the feed and the birds will come. I love country living, and I love this photo.
    Name: Imogene Crosswhite
    Town: Tyler, TX

    It sure does look like the two outside birds are standing guard. The two on the inside must be VIP's! Wonderful picture today Rick.
    Name: Juanita Ruffner
    Town: Negley, OH

    Thanks Rick and Everyone for this pick and all the wonderful comments...So much appreciated!!!

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