This picture was taken in March of 2009 during a snow storm in our area.
This photo was taken in our backyard in Lawrenceville, Georgia. When it snows or comes an ice storm, I always try to make sure the birds can get fresh food and that there is water available. We use a water warmer in our bird bath that works most of the time. I always expect a lot of birds during a snow. So, I am in my blind most of the time waiting for the special moments to get pictures. I will take pictures on the ground if it is a special bird, but most of the time the solid white of the snow and the bird isn't enough for me. I try to get them in the feeder or trees. It makes for a good contrast of colors.
Tips and Tricks
- As mentioned above, try to shoot out of a blind. Have plenty of seed and a water source to draw the birds. The closer you can get the better the results will be. My feeders are just 10 feet or so away. I can use my shorter telephoto that has vibration reduction to get great shots. If you don't have to use a super telephoto, then try something in the 300MM range. I have a 70-300MM VR telephoto that works great in these instances. It's much lighter and easier to control.
Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding / Wild Birds, says:
What a nice shot! Birds will eat snow and ice to get water in the winter, but yes, providing liquid water is a great way to attract winter birds and help them survive poor weather.