No More Bird Watching in my Pajamas!

My sweet husband, apparently unimpressed with my Ninja skills and tired of my less than socially acceptable early morning wild life photography in my PJs, called me in from the backyard this morning to have the kids give me my Mother’s Day present early.

A new 55-300mm lens for my camera. How did they know? You’d think I’d been talking about this lens for months. They know me so well, it was just what I wanted.

You see you have to get VERY close to your subject to get a great picture with an 18-55mm lens. Which is fine when your subject is a cake but when it is a quail, well that’s when Ninja stealth is required.

Giddy, I popped that lens on and raced out the back door; still in my PJs. Here’s what I got …


I love quail and we have them everywhere!


This may be an indication that we are getting old but we love to sit on the back porch and watch the birds as they come to the feeder hanging from the Palo Verde Tree in the center of our back yard. We each have our own chair. Side by side. We always sit in the same spot. We are old.


Pretty soon we will have bird watching books and I will be able to tell you every species of bird that comes to visit.

So very old.


I can tell you that these visitors are Peach Faced Lovebirds and a Mourning Dove who have landed to enjoy breakfast at the just filled feeder (it will be wiped out in only a couple of hours). There is something in the mixture that the Lovebirds are partial to, you should see the seed fly as those sassy birds fling it out in search of their favorite snack. We joke that they are picking out the cashews – mixed-nut reference, no body wants the Spanish peanuts. I know you know what I’m talking about.

We make bird jokes and laugh at our “cleverness”. We are old.


Luckily, there is quite a cast of characters gathered below just waiting to clean up the mess.


I have to tell you about these little guys. I have no idea what they are other than absolutely adorable; remember, I don’t yet have a bird book.  They are still babies but are old enough to fly and are starting to forage for themselves yet are still little enough that they make quite a fuss for their mom’s attention, fluffing up their feathers, flapping their wings and sqwaking for a nibble. Watching their antics is so much fun; could it be because their demands are somehow so very familiar.

Old people use the term “antics” when referring to the actions of the young.


This one is my favorite. Mourning Doves, perched just outside the back gate, waiting patiently for me to move away from the bird feeder. Incidentally, I have always thought they were “Morning” Doves until a google search just revealed that they are in fact “Mourning” Doves; boy do I need to get that bird book. I find that somewhat depressing and much prefer “Morning” Doves.


Ooooh, and there was a bunny too!

So for now, I will no longer need to build the “blind” I had planned or sneak around in my jammies and slippers disturbing the wildlife.

Hummingbird-1 Hummingbird-2

These two pictures were shot a few weeks ago with my smaller lens. I was crouching down taking a picture of a hibiscus blossom when this little guy came in right next to me to get a drink.

I simultaneously heard him and saw him out of the corner of my eye.

He didn’t even know I was there.


Pretty good for an old lady.

Disclaimer: This post was in no way intended to offend the aged. I have three young exhausting children. I am tired. Don’t judge.

23 thoughts on “No More Bird Watching in my Pajamas!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      I agree and it was so sweet that he couldn’t stand watching me struggle to get the pictures I wanted so he gave it to me early. I am having so much fun with it but I’m still going outside in my PJs to take early morning pictures. Some things never change.

  1. Green Door Hospitality

    What a wonderful mother’s day gift!! And you you guys are old…then we are too! Cause we love sitting out on the back patio watching the birds. It is such a pleasant and relaxing way to spend the time. We don’t have a bird book yet either…but I’m sure it is coming!

  2. Sassy and Savory

    I just bought that lens. Your pictures look great. Can’t wait until I can use mine. Thanks for sharing.

  3. apuginthekitchen

    Gorgeous photo’s. I can just see you sneaking around Ninja style in your Pj’s snapping pictures. That’s too funny. Aren’t birds beautiful, I love watching them. I have a few varieties in my backyard, wish I could capture the hummingbirds in a photo like you did, they are so fast. You are gifted with the camera my dear!!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thank you so much! The hummingbird was a total fluke all of a sudden he was there and I only had to turn slightly to get the picture. I was so excited I could hardly stand it. It’s the little things. 🙂 I do love birds and am having a lot of fun photographing them – especially those adorable fluffy little babies. We have some beautiful hawks around here too so that will be my next challenge; I’ll get my ninja on and see what I can do!

  4. Debbie

    Make sure you keep up the bird seed blocks, so they don’t get your peaches and figs…..enjoyed the photos Ninja 🙂

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      You didn’t know about my Ninja skills did you Debbie? It is slightly ironic that the seed block sits pretty much between the two trees I want the birds to stay away from. I may need to reconsider the arrangement and keep them well stocked as I’m pretty sure I’ll cry if they eat my peaches.

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thank you, I really am loving it. I just need to have a better understanding of all my camera can do but that will come with time and practice. I love the mourning doves too, there is just something so serene and peaceful about them – especially in the morning when you’re sitting outside with your camera in your PJs. 😉

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      That sounds wonderful!! I think being “old” is fantastic. My mom has always said life gets better and better and she’s absolutely right! A summer cottage in Maine, I can’t stop thinking about it – I don’t think there could possibly be a better place for one!

  5. Keep Calm and Eat On

    You are going to have so much more fun with your camera with the new lens. You already are! Your backyard sounds like a dream. I wish I had bunnies and humming birds visit me. We are still trying to make sense of our backyard since we moved to this house 2 years back. We got a bird feeder for Saira and sometimes the neighbours cats finds it as fascinating.
    My brother used to go on trips to watch birds, then he started taking photographs and now he is a wild life photographer. Who knows, you may be on your way to something with your interest in bird watching too!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      We absolutely love our back yard. It has been a lot of work but well worth every bit of it. I think looking at garden design ideas in magazines is helpful just as it is for interior spaces. Pull out pictures of what you like and think about how you want to use it and live with it. The ideas will come. I am having sooooo much fun with my new lens. Wildlife photography? You never know!


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