Macrophotography / Microphotography of Birds ~ Macrophotographic Images of Birds

Close-up of a Parrot's Feathers - Beautiful!
Close-up of a Parrot's Feathers - Beautiful! | Source
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. | Source

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. | Source


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) | Source
The feather details on this picture are incredible!
The feather details on this picture are incredible! | Source


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.


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The close-up of the feathers on this Lesser Goldfinch is nothing short of amazing. The texture around the birds eye is also an interesting feature to view in this image.The skin and folds of this bird's wattle is viewed clearly in this image. The details of its beak is made even more interesting when viewed this closely.Carolina Wren Baby BirdGrey Crowned CraneThe texture of this Grey Crowned Crane's tri-colored wattle is easily seen in this image. Also note the various types and textures of feathers that is seen in this image.Grey Crowned CraneThis African Grey Parrot's beauty is enhanced through the use of macrophotography.
The close-up of the feathers on this Lesser Goldfinch is nothing short of amazing. The texture around the birds eye is also an interesting feature to view in this image.
The close-up of the feathers on this Lesser Goldfinch is nothing short of amazing. The texture around the birds eye is also an interesting feature to view in this image. | Source
The skin and folds of this bird's wattle is viewed clearly in this image. The details of its beak is made even more interesting when viewed this closely.
The skin and folds of this bird's wattle is viewed clearly in this image. The details of its beak is made even more interesting when viewed this closely. | Source
Carolina Wren Baby Bird
Carolina Wren Baby Bird | Source
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Grey Crowned Crane
Grey Crowned Crane | Source
The texture of this Grey Crowned Crane's tri-colored wattle is easily seen in this image. Also note the various types and textures of feathers that is seen in this image.
The texture of this Grey Crowned Crane's tri-colored wattle is easily seen in this image. Also note the various types and textures of feathers that is seen in this image. | Source
Grey Crowned Crane
Grey Crowned Crane | Source
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This African Grey Parrot's beauty is enhanced through the use of macrophotography.
This African Grey Parrot's beauty is enhanced through the use of macrophotography. | Source


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


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Mallard Duck FootThe remarkable coloration of the Commom Starling's feathers is clearly visible in this image.SwanSwanA chicken feather like you have never seen it before!WrenClose-up of Wren FaceClose-up of Wren WingRobin in DublinRobin in Dublin
Mallard Duck Foot
Mallard Duck Foot | Source
The remarkable coloration of the Commom Starling's feathers is clearly visible in this image.
The remarkable coloration of the Commom Starling's feathers is clearly visible in this image. | Source
Swan
Swan | Source
Swan
Swan | Source
A chicken feather like you have never seen it before!
A chicken feather like you have never seen it before! | Source
Wren
Wren | Source
Close-up of Wren Face
Close-up of Wren Face | Source
Close-up of Wren Wing
Close-up of Wren Wing | Source
Robin in Dublin
Robin in Dublin | Source
Robin in Dublin
Robin in Dublin | Source
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HawkThe feather details on this Rock Pigeon is quite remarkable.Notice the texture of this rooster's comb and feathers.Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)Notice how you can see through the crane's nares on it's bill.White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)Southern Crowned Pigeon
Hawk
Hawk | Source
The feather details on this Rock Pigeon is quite remarkable.
The feather details on this Rock Pigeon is quite remarkable. | Source
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Notice the texture of this rooster's comb and feathers.
Notice the texture of this rooster's comb and feathers. | Source
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Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) | Source
Notice how you can see through the crane's nares on it's bill.
Notice how you can see through the crane's nares on it's bill.
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis) | Source
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)
Southern Crowned Pigeon
Southern Crowned Pigeon | Source


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 | Source
Northern Gannets
Northern Gannets | Source

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Comments: "Macrophotography / Microphotography of Birds ~ Macrophotographic Images of Birds" 23 comments

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molometer 4 years ago

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


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

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!!!!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

molometer - So glad you enjoyed the pictures!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

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


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

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!


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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.


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alipuckett 4 years ago

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


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

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 own...lol

will share it with my kid...thanks!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

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!


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

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.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

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.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

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." :)

Sharyn


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

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!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

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!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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 :)


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

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!!


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

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.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

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.....


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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

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


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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

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!


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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

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


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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

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


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homesteadbound 3 years ago from Texas Author

So glad you enjoyed it, La Thing!

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