Birds

January 23, 2023

Man Photographs a Real-Life “Angry Bird” Right in His Own Backyard

The nice thing about photographing birds is that you never know what can happen. That's certainly true for Scott Taylor, who got more than he bargained for when photographing birds snacking on seeds in his family's backyard in Nebraska. While there were many birds in the yard that day, one particularly determined northern cardinal made a beeline for the bird feeder.

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January 4, 2023

Australian Parrot Lands on Redditor’s Bird Book at Exact Moment It’s Open to Its Page

Some photos are only the result of being in the right place at the right time. A Redditor named 4thedoor recently experienced this in an act of pure kismet. As they were trying to identify an Australian king parrot from an illustrated bird book, the exact creature happened to land on its own page. The friendly bird stayed long enough for 4thedoor to snap several photos detailing its beautiful plumage.

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November 15, 2022

Photographer Celebrates Rainbow Hummingbird Wings in Beautiful Bird Book [Interview]

A decade ago, Rio de Janeiro-based artist and photographer Christian Spencer made an amazing discovery. At certain sun-lit angles, hummingbird wings transform into tiny fluttering rainbows. They become prisms in the sky—a fact that Spencer only learned after seeing the creatures appear in his film The Dance of Time slowed down to 5% of its normal speed. The discovery launched Spencer into a series aptly called Winged Prisms.

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September 5, 2022

One of the World’s Rarest “Lost Bird” Species Photographed in Colombia

Some animal species get lost. This can be due to time, or to the vast expanses of their remote habitats. Hopeful humans may search high and low hoping to catch a glimpse of the precious creatures. For decades, the Santa Marta sabrewing has been a bird-watching holy grail—the quintessential “lost bird.” Discovered in 1946 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains of Colombia, the shimmering, iridescent creature was last seen in 2010.

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