I Have the Best Models, and They All Work for Free

People ask me how I get my birds and rabbits to strike the perfect poses.

I tell them, I don’t do anything!

When I go out to photograph the wildlife of my native Cape Cod, I literally walk into their world. I do not feed them, I do not encourage them in any way to pose or even to sit still. I simply take them as they are, for however long they will allow.

And somehow, by some kind of miracle, I wind up with the best models in the world — and most of them bring their own FOOD!  😉

Like this little song sparrow I met the other day over at Forest Beach Marsh.

I was walking along the back side of the marsh when he suddenly he popped up in front of me,  landing in some ivy.

And shall we say, well, ahem… he looked a little bit disheveled for starters.


But he combed his hair, cleaning up real nice, and got right down to business.

He gazed straight into the camera.


He was ready for his closeup.


He turned to the left.

His left.


He turned to the right.


He gave me his best Josh Grobin imitation; his eyes filled with wistful expression.


I had just enough time for one final closeup…


And a bow…


And then he was gone, just as suddenly as he had come!

I headed for home marveling once again about what a blessing it is to take photos of the critters that I see, to be allowed to peek into their world.

Even for a moment.

Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!



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