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Macrophotography / Microphotography of Birds ~ Macrophotographic Images of Birds

Close-up of a Parrot's Feathers - Beautiful!

Close-up of a Parrot's Feathers - Beautiful!

This Arctic Tern chick still has its egg tooth, the small white pointed area close to the tip of its beak.

This Arctic Tern chick still has its egg tooth, the small white pointed area close to the tip of its beak.

Macrophotography / Microphotography of Birds

Macrophotography provides us with an amazing and wonderful way to enjoy the incredible world we live in. Not only does macrophotography enable us to see a world that we would normally miss, it provides us the leisure to do so. Wild birds are not prone to sitting still for us to get up close and personal. But through the use of macrophotography we are given the time we need to study our feathered friends and all of their glorious details.

(Note: Clicking on most images will allow you to view a larger version of that image.)

Please come and journey with me through the macrophotographic world of birds.

The bill of this hawk has so many details that we would normally miss if it were not for the use of macrophotography.

The bill of this hawk has so many details that we would normally miss if it were not for the use of macrophotography.

Birds have many different and interesting features for us to study. Without the use of macrophotography, we would have never seen the details of the feathery hair-type features that surround the hard beak of the hawk above. The contrast between the hard and soft would be lost to us without an image such as this.

This picture allows us to see the powerful pointed beak with which the hawk, and all birds of prey, rip the flesh from their victims.

That is what macrophotography does! It almost magically brings so many details to our attention - details that we would have missed. We are given time to study and enjoy the details of their feathers, their beaks or bills, their feet, and so many other features.

Close-Up of Peacock Feather (1 mm across)

Close-Up of Peacock Feather (1 mm across)

The feather details on this picture are incredible!

The feather details on this picture are incredible!

As you view the different images of the birds below, take special note of how you are able to observe individual feathers. Notice the colors of the feathers and how they blend together to give the birds their color.

Look at the bills and beaks of these birds. Each one is so different. It is easy to see how the different beaks can be used to accomplish different types of feeding habits, from cracking seeds open to acting as a sieve in the water.

These images also provide you with close-ups of birds' eyes. Notice the different colors and shapes.

Through the use of macrophotography, tiny details that may have been previously overlooked can now be viewed with amazing clarity.

Through the macrophotography of birds, we journeyed together and viewed our feathered friends up close and personal. Macrophotography allows us to see birds in ways that would otherwise have been impossible. We have been able to enjoy the exquisite beauty of them without worrying about whether we will frighten them away before we are finished admiring. Too many times they have flown away before we have had the opportunity to partake fully of the splendor they have to offer.

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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon


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Comments: "Macrophotography / Microphotography of Birds ~ Macrophotographic Images of Birds"

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 13, 2013:

So glad you enjoyed it, La Thing!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 13, 2013:

Blond Logic, be sure to check out the hubs of macrophotography of dragonflies and butterflies. There are some awesome images there.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 13, 2013:

Thanks so much, Marcy! So glad you enjoyed this one!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 10, 2013:

vocalcoach - so happy that you enjoyed it. It is amazing what nature has to offer us if we just stop and look.

Congrats on the move to Idyllwild. Enjoy!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 10, 2013:

Thanks so much Stephanie, so glad you enjoyed it. I bet you create some awesome pictures when you are painting.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on April 10, 2013:

Incredible, aren't they? Beautiful pictures and so clear..... Your hub is very interesting and truly enjoyed all the information. Thanks for sharing, Cindy :)

Take care.....

Mary Wickison from Brazil on April 10, 2013:

I love macro photography. I tend to take it of bugs and plants as I am not quick enough to capture the birds. Macro photography really does make one stop and look at the wonderful details of so many things we take for granted. Some stunning shots here. What a pleasure.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 10, 2013:

I love macrophotography! I am not nearly as skilled at it as I wish I could be, but I could sit and view macro work for hours - poring over the details and little things we can't easily see without those amazing lenses! Great hub, as usual!!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 10, 2013:

What an incredible hub you've created Cindy! These photos are striking! How interesting to learn about the effects of macrophotography. The very first blue colored photo of the Parrots feathers really caught my eye. Voting up and across and will share all over the place :)

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 10, 2013:

What a beautiful hub! I love close-up photography. I particularly like the macro photos of birds because I often try painting them, and getting details of feet, feathers, eyes and beak just right is difficult unless I have a good reference. Plus, they are all so gorgeous! Voted up and shared!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 07, 2012:

Sharyn - you absolutely have to go back and check out some of the macrophotograhy hubs. I have many out on many different subjects and I have my favorites as well. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on April 05, 2012:

I really enjoyed this hub Cindy. I honestly never heard of this and must go back and check out your other hubs as well. You are a great "teacher." :)


Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on March 16, 2012:

FloraBreenRobison - I too wish I had the ability, i.e. equipment, to take pictures like this. It is so fascinating to view nature that you otherwise cannot, up close and personal.

FloraBreenRobison on March 15, 2012:

These are beautiful. My ability to take photographs of birds is only from afar-quite afar as they move otherwise with lightning speed. I don't have the type of equipment to do this type of photography without disturbing them. However, I do indeed have the ability with my camera to enlarge photos so other animals that don't move quite as fast I can use as my focus.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on March 14, 2012:

tillsontitan - I am so thrilled that you enjoyed these pictures so much! It takes a while to find, download and put together this many images. So it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed them. Thanks!

sgbrown - so glad you enjoyed them. Thanks!

Ardie - So glad you enjoyed these as well. Hope the kiddos did as well.

rLcasaLme - I was pleased too that I could enlarge the hawk's beak well enough to make it that large. I too was amazed at it.

alipuckett - So glad that you enjoyed the macrophotography of birds that is in this hub!

Ruchira - I like your description of how very close these pictures were. Thanks so much!

A special thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting!

Ruchira from United States on March 14, 2012:

loved it cindy. Never have I seen such a close up of these birds.

In fact, I have only seen my hand's skin so close...thanks to the magnifying glass that I

will share it with my kid...thanks!

alipuckett on March 14, 2012:

I am a huge fan of macrophotography. The detail it reveals is incredible, and I love these birds!

Rael Casalme from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 14, 2012:

Stunning beautiful photos. I love how the Peregrine Falcon looks like. The arctic tern chic is very cute. I can definitely look at the hawk's bill and stare at it for long in awe of its beautiful color variations.

Sondra from Neverland on March 13, 2012:

I just love when you do these Hubs. I always drag my kids in to look at the pictures because I know they'll love the detail :) Voted Up and across the board baby!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 13, 2012:

These picture are awesome! Great information as well. Voted up and beautiful! Have a great day! :)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on March 13, 2012:

molometer - So glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Mary Craig from New York on March 13, 2012:

Not only fantastic but breathtaking! These photos are incredible....I can't say enough about how beautiful they are. How amazing to be able to see those feathers so close and discern their individuality. One photo is more fascinating than the next. Voted up, beautiful, awesome, and interesting!! Thanks for SHARING!!!!

Micheal from United Kingdom on March 13, 2012:

I love these close up pictures. The detail is incredible.

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