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May 8, 2020

Hang Time

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Tariq Aamir Malik Tariq Aamir Malik

While it is important to teach the average park goer not to feed animals, New York City Parks Department also wants to provide a safe and sustainable way for the casual birdwatcher to enjoy the urban wildlife.

In the center of The Ramble of NYC’s Central Park, you can find a small, closed off section with various bird feeders, curated carefully to supply a natural diet for our local birds.

This female northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) and her mate were taking turns pecking excitedly at this hanging pine cone. While shooting at a very high shutter speed, I was able to capture this somewhat surreal image of what appears to be a bird sitting calmly on nothing. But if you look closely you’ll notice the meal in her beak, as well as the slight sway of the pine cone from having just been pulled for a snack.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as the top submission for Wild View’s Birds in Your Backyard assignment. Congratulations! Check out our current assignment here.

Nikon D3500 with 300 mm Lens

New York, US Map It


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