Birds have always been a symbol of freedom. But because of their liberating ability to fly, they seem so unreachable and mysterious to us. Luckily there is a way to meet with nature face to face and explore the beautiful feathered creatures in their natural setting without scaring them away or causing any harm.
Lisa, who goes by the name Ostdrossel on her social media, has always been fascinated by nature and birds, so when following her love to Macomb County in Michigan from Germany, she had an urge to get a little closer to the birds in her yard that are uncommon in her homeland. She began exploring the ways to make it possible and as a result, she has thousands of images capturing different gorgeous bird species, their funny expressions, majestic poses and sometimes crazy behavior. We showed some of her shots on GIGGAG 2 years ago, but since then many more birds have visited Lisa’s yard for the treat.
While experimenting with all kinds of foods to lure the birds in, she’d also set up up a camera trap that helps her implement her idea of exploring the birds from up close. She uses a Bird Photo Booth 2.0 which consists of a camera box, a macro lens and an attachable feeder. She uses a tiny camera equipped with a motion sensor so that when a bird comes to eat, the camera photographs in a non-intrusive way. Her usual evening routine is going through an impressive number of photos taken during the day that can reach up to 7000. A photoshoot takes place every day in Lisa’s yard under any weather conditions.
The birds come back to Lisa‘s yard regularly and some of them visit so often, you can actually recognize them among the rich gallery and notice their personalities shining through. From goofy doves to sad blue jays to hilarious bluebirds, enjoy the amazing insight into the life of beautiful birds.
"The Mourning Doves were especially adorable today."
So sweet ❤️
This bird has teeth!
Did anybody else think he actually had teeth at first or was it just me?
Doves in lurve.
Omg - so sweet!
"How I have missed seeing this crest"
Beautiful bird - is it a Cardinal?
Someone had moth for lunch.
"This bird seed could use a dead moth."
The birds had lots to say today.
You shut up! No, you shut up! No you...
"Don King came over and performed some seed magic."
You spying on me?
Such a charmer.
Some feathers were ruffled that day.
Such a friendly, handsome young man.
That's a rose-breasted grosbeak. Such a pretty bird.
Doves can be the picture of pure elegance and beauty. But they are also the biggest goofballs.
Why this bird is cooler than me
It‘s not too much if you can carry it all at once.
Blue jays take peanuts over meal worms...interesting.
That's what I call a good hair day.
That bird looks like he is about to drop a dope ass rap album.
Sliding in hungry from the club like...
Starling performance art.
When times are rough, we need to be there for each other, carry each other.
"Christmas Day brought some visitors that I have not seen at the booth in a while "
Ah! We can finally see the 'red' belly on the Red-bellied Woodpecker. (This is a male....red from beak to neck)
The best kind of orange!
They eat Jello???? O_O
"Despite the snow storm, it was such a lovely day today. After a week of not feeding them, they still came back"
Mah eyebrows be fluffy!
"We were all worshipping the sun today."
The Bluebirds seem to have gotten a family discount for hypnosis class.
They look mad. "I need to see the manager!"
"It wasn’t just the weather that made everybody more at ease. It was also that there were hardly any Starling there today. This was one of the only pictures with a Starling I got. It is rather impressive and intimidating, but their presence today was thankfully not."
Swoop and shove!
"I’ve been that excited about food before too."
I SAID WITHOUT WORMS SHARON!
"First Hummingbird pic of the season :) Conditions today are far from perfect, it is rainy and cold, but that also makes the birds hungry and willing to experiment."
Lovely shot of a hummingbird! I wish I could catch them in flight like this. Watching hummingbirds zip about chasing each other and defending their territory is a highlight of my summers.
Fall is definitely her season.
Waited in line for an hour, and now the food is all gone.....
It looks really cool how the adult feathers are coming in on the Grackles.
Common Grackle, I think.
"More from the vault, and these get me into the mood for spring"
This is my jam
"This morning was rather cold, and I noticed several Starlings in the yard. The winter crew is slowly settling in."
Their murmerations are a work of art though. When I was a kid we had them take over our town hall and the adjacent tree and were shitting over everythingand nothing could deter them but most people have never seen their murmerations though. I would recommend anyone who is in a starling area find out where they fly at dusk and watch. It's stunning beyond comprehension.
"The BBs behaved like the yard is theirs. I don’t blame them and am delighted"
At first I thought a blue jay was in the background, but then I realized it was apart of the bird. Thumbs up!
Be nice to each other and feed the birds!
"I woke up to an empty nestbox this morning (Thursday), and can hear the babies softly calling in the trees. They must have fledged very early today. Cannot wait to see them in the yard soon :) The Bluebirds have not fledged today, so Syrup has to wait a bit longer to meet her siblings. I have a feeling it is going to happen tomorrow. Which would be good because we are expecting a heatwave."
"Hey! Where are the seeds?!"