With all the wonders of nature which are in abundance around us, knowing how to get the perfect picture, may it be with a powerful device or a good camera, it is no easy task. As these creatures tend to not be motionless for more than a mere moment, it is very difficult to immortalize them by snapping their picture. However, this German lady who is now living in the United States has found a way to do so.
Since 2012, German Lisa Ostdrossel has lived in Michigan. Since the early days of her move to the U.S., Lisa has noticed she had frequent visits from an array of wild birds. Subsequently, Lisa starts feeding them and photographing them and sends the pictures to her family back in Germany.
Starting with a small pocket camera to take these pictures, she moved on to a DSLR camera, while experimenting with other ways to photograph wildlife up close. Soon enough she realizes that to capture the critters in their natural habitat, she has to build her own home-made camera.
Lisa had the most ingenious idea to capture the beauty of Michigan’s wildlife without ever getting close to them: she did this by setting up a hidden camera in her garden. Each morning, she used to leave out food in her garden for the various different birds to feast on. The result: a whole abundance of feathered and furry creatures alike, captured in time. These photos were later published, and there was a success that Lisa did not expect.
“I love to see the beauty of the birds’ anatomy, their delicate patterns, their feathers, their colors and of course their funny poses. The process of creation is mostly about choosing the best shot from the thousands that my system takes each day and change a little. The reward of this ingenious idea is to share those pictures with the world and see how other people appreciate my work, learn something or become fascinated by nature.”
There are dozens of species that Lisa’s cam feeder captures, and the most spectacular are the hummingbirds: “The most exotic birds arrive mainly during the spring migration. Once, I had a tanager and a garden warbler. Every day is a new opportunity to have something special in the yard, be it a scene or an animal.”
The cam feeder really paid off because many of the previous feathery visitors frequently visit again for the food that Lisa keeps out. Lisa goes on to state: “The birds are coming back, I can recognize them by their signs. There is this peculiar bird, for example, which we named Count Dracula, which has white spots around its neck and looks particularly cranky.”
Over time, there are numerous dozens of species of wild birds that Ostdrossel has captured and immortalized, due to her passion and ingenuity. Her hobby of bird watching has brought her satisfaction and success. So here are some of the extraordinary colors and beauty of the birds captured in time by Lisa.