Backyard Bird Photography with hummingbird and camera

First image: Hummer hovering above feeder; House Finch at birdbath. A nice scene. Second image: Book and cameraIMG_9651bayliss_clean_windows_oriole_fest3_bbp_allens_hummingbird_house_finch_birdb-ath_e_cropIMG_9662bayliss_clean_windows_oriole_fest3_bbp_crop1

More variations on a theme

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Homage to Magritte with Backyard Bird Photography

Having a little fun with my book. Memories of art history class. IMG_4411bayliss_mathew_tekulsky_backyard_bird_photography_e_crop

A little tale

The story of the Scrub Jay and the book.

1. Oh boy, look at those peanuts. IMG_2649bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_jumping_e_crop2. Hey, wait a minute. Is that me up there on that book?IMG_2652bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_e_raw_crop3. But you’ve got an acorn in your beak. I have this peanut here. IMG_2699bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_e_crop4. Well, I guess it’s OK. IMG_2711bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_e_crop5. And away I go!IMG_2687bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_e_crop

Backyard Bird Photography and Scrub Jay

Well, I thought I’d try to get a shot of the Scrub Jay next to the book, and out of 135 shots, I got these three that are the best, and maybe a few others that are OK. Those are the odds. But this is a fun shoot. IMG_2676bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_crop IMG_2678bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_jumping_crop IMG_2661bayliss_garden_backyard_-bird_photography_peanuts_scrub_jay_flying_off_crop

Cover for Backyard Bird Photograph

My publisher just sent me the cover. The book will be going to press soon. Tekulsky-Backyard_Bird_Photography-P2

Backyard Bird photography cover

Backyard_Bird_PhotographyThe book is online now at and

Three of my bird photos in a new field guide

I just discovered I have three bird photographs in THE NEW STOKES FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS: WESTERN REGION (Little, Brown, 2013)

Poet Stephen Kalinich with my little birds

IMG_6704stephen_kalinich_brentwood_country_mart_portrait_e_crop_squareMy friend, poet Stephen Kalinich today, displaying some little birds from my new book BACKYARD BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014). Steve co-wrote the Beach Boys song “Little Bird” with Dennis Wilson.