by Jeff Goulden
Birds fill our lives with joy and wonder. Constantly entertained by their melodic song, we enjoy observing their vibrant colors, watching their antics and photographing their unique expressions.
As we go about our busy lives, birds may be the only wildlife we see. This is especially true for city dwellers. Even through our own windows, we can see birds at the feeder or going about their daily business. And these are just the common species. Outside our cities and towns, in parklands and preserves, wetlands and wildlands, a vast array of intriguing birds can be found. Each species, with its own lifestyle and habits, invites observation, study and photography.
Some birds are with us year round and some migrate from afar only to stay a few weeks of the year. A bird’s diet is determined by the shape of its beak. Some are vegetarians, others scavenge carcasses and some kill for their food. Each has its place in the circle of life. And most have, now or in the past, achieved something that humans have never been able to do without artificial means. As we are rooted to the ground by gravity, birds have the power and freedom to soar above us, often traveling great distances to follow their instincts.
In many ways, birds bring us so much joy. These feathered friends have certainly earned a special place in our lives.
Future blogs will feature some individual bird species, their characteristics and habitat. Other bird species can be seen in my Joy of Birds Gallery. Signed fine art prints from many of my photographs are available for purchase on Fine Art America. For special offers and to follow my photographic journey please Join My Email List.
Jeff's Photo Blog
In this Photo Blog I have combined my 50 year passion for photography and my love of the natural world, creating a portfolio that reveals nature in its pure and simple beauty. I am pleased to share my passion with you through this blog.