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Woman installs camera on bird feeder and captures the most gorgeously vivid array of birds
She wasn't planning on seeing such a vibrant variety of colors and species!
Eduardo Gaskell
10.12.21

Ornithology isn’t a topic, nor a study, that interests a lot of people. As cool as birds are, not everyone is willing to dedicate time and energy for this beautiful animals.

It certainly is a wonder as birds are so fascinating. The diversity of their species, coming in all sizes and colors as they fly high above us always has adults and children stopping to look up and watch.

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In 2012, Lisa M. Ca flew from Germany all the way to Michigan to be with her husband.

To her surprise, there was a community of birds that would frequent her backyard. The common sightings delighted Lisa so much that she fell in love with the visitors.

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Lisa whipped out her DSLR camera with the intention of capturing every moment possible. The problem was that birds are elusive by nature. One quick movement and they fly away.

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Solution? A bird feeder!

A macro lens, battery, and action camera was set up to capture the birds in action.

“There was so much color and diversity, different from what I was used to in city life,” Lisa told The Dodo. “I wanted to share them with my family in Germany and so I started feeding birds and taking photos.”

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Every evening, Lisa sits down and reviews all the shots taken by the camera.

The birds build their nests, lay eggs, and even raise their young. It gives Lisa an up close and personal look into the birds’ daily lives that most of us won’t ever see. Just nature at its finest.

Even the more unpleasant ones!

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Lisa loves all the shots, calling them “quirky and interesting.”

“They are very special to me and the best is when their babies are old enough to be brought to the yard by their parents and get taught how to eat mealworms,” she said.

Another bonus is that she got to see hummingbirds. Lisa was able to observe how this “exotic” bird behaved.

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In fact, Lisa loved her project so much that she went ahead and set up more cameras around her property. Her favorite is migration!

Bird species like the Summer Tanager and the Palm Warbler get Lisa all worked up when they show up in the shots as she knows these birds are only passing through.

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Eventually, chipmunks, opossums, groundhogs, and skunks began to make their presence felt in Lisa’s shots. She doesn’t need YouTube or Netflix with so much happening around her!

With such an amazing collection of birds going about their business, Lisa knew she just had to share them. She posted her shots on a local group then made an album on Facebook.

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Naturally, her photos went viral. You have to see them!

“The whole hobby with the birds has helped me understanding our impact on nature more,” she said. “And it made me want to know what I can do to help preserve it.”

Lisa’s curiosity went from one camera to surround capture, eventually making her fall in love with all the birds that would fly in and out of her property. And now we get to enjoy them too!

Check out Lisa’s Instagram account for more shots!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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