Monthly Archives: May 2013

5 Steps to Photographing Your Parrot

Possible FBPhotographing your parrot can be a fun way to preserve memories. As you watch your parrot’s cute antics on his/her bird stand or parrot playgym, you can’t help but want to capture that moment on camera. If you enjoy taking pictures, it is also a great way to expand your hobby. You can store these photos as keepsakes, send them to magazines, post them on your blog or enter them in pet photo contents. You can even showcase your bird photography at your local county fair or pet store bulletin board.

Here are a few steps to taking great pictures of your feathered friends:

Step #1: Select the Right Equipment

For best results, use a high-quality digital camera with a fast lens or shutter speed. If your camera pauses, or takes 3-4 seconds to snap a photo, you could miss the perfect pose. As your parrot is playing with his/her bird toys, or climbing around on his parrot playgym, he/she rarely sits still—so capturing the perfect photo requires a camera with fast action. You may also want a camera that has a telephoto lens. This will enable you to take detail-oriented pictures from a distance. At the very least, be sure your camera has a zoom feature. This will allow you to take “close-up” pictures without distorting your parrot’s face.

Step #2: Pick a Background

This is the fun part!! You can take pictures of your parrot on his bird stand,  or even outside. Try selecting a solid background that makes your bird stand-out. Avoid too much clutter such as laundry, dishes or a dirty birdcage. Make your parrot the center of the photo.

Step #3: Experiment with the Angle

In order to take a quality picture, every shot does not have to be head-on. Get creative and have fun experimenting with different angles. Try standing on a step-stool looking down at your bird; lie on the floor and look up, or squat to the side. The options are endless!!

Step #4: Use Natural Lighting

Soft, natural light is best when taking pictures of your parrot. If you are trying to snap a few shots of your parrot on his/her bird cage, open all the blinds/shades  and let the natural light flood the room. Avoid using a flash, if possible. The flash could scare your bird and can cause your bird’s eyes to look red in the photo. If you want to take pictures outside, try doing so on a cloudy or overcast day. If the sky is clear and the sun is out, take your photos in the early morning or later evening. The sunlight is much softer during these times and there will be fewer shadows.

Step #5: Get Your Parrot’s Attention

This can be a challenge. And you may only be able to hold their attention for a couple of seconds—which is why a fast-acting camera is essential. You can use various bird toys, or sounds to coax your parrot to look your way. When you have the perfect pose—snap the camera quickly!!!

Have fun and enjoy!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Watch the Birdie – Hyacinth Macaw Picture

What a great photo!!!  Gives new meaning to the saying “Watch the Birdie”

Ann –   FunTime Birdy

Now watch the Birdie for FB

40 year Anniversary for Quakers in USA

quaker-parakeet-celebrates-40-years-in-United-StatesAs reported on the Inquisitr

The spunky Quaker parakeet has been quietly — or perhaps not so quietly — nesting successfully in the United States for at least 40 years. The Chicago colony was perhaps the first and the most famous, and Chicago magazine itself recently wished the nest-building parrot a happy 40th anniversary.

Over the years, the parrots nesting in Hyde Park have become a welcome sign of spring after Chicago’s long, notoriously cold winters. However, when it first arrived on this continent, the United States Department of Agriculture regarded it as an invasive species because of its impact on agricultural crops back home in its native South America.

By the way, in case you were wondering, Quaker parakeets and their close cousins, cliff parakeets, are the only parrot species known to build elaborate stick nests. Most parrots prefer to nest in termite mounds, cavities in trees, or even artificial nest boxes.

Audubon magazine reported that Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, lived across the street from a well-known colony. As long as he was alive, he protected them because he believed that they brought good luck. When he died in 1987, the USDA tried to remove the Quakers.

However, a neighborhood defense committee fought for the right to keep the birds.

And a later USDA study done on the growing population in Florida acknowledged that the introduced Quaker parakeets are not important crop pests. They seem to be urban or suburban birds, and the biggest problem they cause is the power outages that occur when they build their huge colony nests too close to electrical equipment.

Advocacy groups for the wild parrots can help power companies figure out the best time to remove nuisance nests. On Wednesday, New Jersey power company PSE&G safely removed badly situated nests from utility poles in Edgewater, Fort Lee, and Leonia, NJ. The date was chosen with the help of the Edgewater Parrot Society, who explained that if the nests are removed at this time of year, it gives the birds time to re-build and lay their eggs in a safer spot.

Quaker parrots are some of the most fun loving parrots around.  Our Little Quaker Phantom passed away 2 years ago.  He had such vibrant personality.  He is surely missed!!!

Ann Zych  –  FunTime Birdy