One of my goals this year was to finally use a tripod and after my first day of shooting with one, I’m now wondering what took me so long.  I decided to set the tripod on the deck and was hoping to capture a few birds on a woodpile where I had placed some peanuts.

The lighting was poor and the backyard birds appeared to not approve of the new setting, but I loved the ease of photographing the birds as they made their lunch location preferences known.  The chickadees preferred their peanuts in the feeder.

The red-bellied woodpecker preferred the suet cakes.

The downy woodpecker was fascinated with this tree.

A young cardinal was busy trying to keep other birds away from the bird feeder.

After a battle for position with this chickadee,

the cardinal finally conceded space at the bird feeder.

Another cardinal wanted no part of the circus going on below at the bird feeder.

Finally, there was activity at the woodpile and it was no surprise that it was the squirrels who ended up with all the peanuts.