Photographing titmice my photos, my words

I do quite a bit of wildlife photography so I spend a lot of time looking at a variety of birds through the viewfinder of my cameras. My concentration is on all the technical aspects of photography: focus, exposure, composition, etc. It doesn’t matter if the bird is a cardinal, a sparrow or a finch.

But when I get a Tufted Titmouse in the viewfinder I tend to laugh. The large, round eyes, small bill and brushy crest give the bird a permanent “surprised” expression on its face.

Maybe it’s just me.

A Tufted Titmouse stays alert while perched on a limb in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Titmice are common in forests here in Central Ohio and are frequent visitors to feeders in the area during winter months. The birds always select the largest seed they can find, carry it to a nearby perch and hit it with their bill until the seed cracks open. Titmice also hoard food during the fall and winter months. They’ll take seeds from a feeder, open them, then store the food in cracks and crevices in nearby trees so they can be retrieved later.

During the summer, a titmouse will eat primarily insects.

A Tufted Titmouse perches in falling snow, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

Titmice are hyperactive birds. They seldom perch in one spot for more than a few seconds as they bounce from spot to spot in search of food. That’s why I get most of my titmice photos during late fall and winter, when the birds hang around feeders in local parks. I watch nearby branches, where birds wait for a spot to open at the feeder, and grab shots then.

A Tufted Titmouse carries a seed while perched in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

When I see a titmouse during the fall or winter I know to expect to find chickadees and nuthatches nearby. The birds flock together during the winter months. And I’ve captured a number of winter photos of nuthatches and chickadees around the feeder where I find titmice.

A Tufted Titmouse hangs on to a slanted perch, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Looking up at a perched Tufted Titmouse, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches in falling snow, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse leans from a slanted perch, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches before a colorful background, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse looks around from a perch in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse stays alert while perched on a limb in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches on a branch, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse faces the light, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches on a snowy morning, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse looks around on a snowy morning, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches among fall leaves, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse rests on a branch, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches on a limb, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches against a dark background, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse carries a seed while perched in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse stays alert while perched in Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Tufted Titmouse standing on a feeder, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse sits tall on a limb in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse stays alert on a feeder in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches on a branch in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Tufted Titmouse standing on a feeder, Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse perches on an angled branch in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Tufted Titmouse looks from its nest in a tree in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
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