Frontals is a series of bird photos I have been collecting for over ten years. When you get the time to take a series of pictures of one single bird, you will always have one or two frontals in between. I realized from the start that they made the birds look completely different. From that moment on, I decided to focus on it and make sure I would have at least one frontal in each series. Some birds start to look like angry birds, some funny or even ridiculous.

Especially waders change completely as they tend to have long bills not visible from the front. I am familiar with the species, but when you don’t know them, frontals can hide extreme characteristics of the birds. In owls and birds of prey, frontals are basically the normal way of looking at you, so they are only fun when they twist their heads. I think only spoonbills are really much prettier when they show their great bill with yellow spots and tufted head.

Frontals also allow you to create unusual compositions, from a photographic point of view. "Less is more" works great with frontal birds.

Enjoy the pictures and I think after seeing the frontals, you can never look at birds in the same way again!

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Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

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#3

Red-Breasted Goose

Red-Breasted Goose

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M O'Connell
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will trade you 700 Canada Geese for one of these guys. Gorgeous.

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Black Stork

Black Stork

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glowworm2
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The frontal look makes the stork look as if he left the oven on.

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#5

Great Egret

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Wood Pigeon

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Doggo
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the second picture is elders taking a selfie

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Waxwing

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Seabeast
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now it will fly head-first into somebody's window after getting drunk on fermented berries.

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Red Kite

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Daisy Chain
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The first is so majestic and stunning, the second looks like my two year old nephew when we tell him no :)

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#12

Common Whitethroat

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#15

Long-Eared Owl

Long-Eared Owl

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Seabeast
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one has not got his head screwed on straight.

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Magpie

Magpie

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Magpies are related to crows and ravens (Corvidae), so you know they’re smart! California’s only endemic bird is the Yellow-billed Magpie.

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Robin

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Zophra
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this second one. The bird seems to have some attitude.

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#20

Ringed Plover

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#21

Bluethroat

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#23

House Sparrow

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Big
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These birds may be the most invasive species in the world, but man, they are still adorable

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Water Rail

Water Rail

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Little Grebe

Little Grebe

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOVE the first pic, and i guess the second is just after he got his head out from underwater, adrenaline still there. lol

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Jay

Jay

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Helena Bialecka
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.boredpanda.com/birds-photography-counting-jays-garden-ruurd-jelle-van-der-leij/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic is this also your post? Great story!

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Woodcock

Woodcock

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tomruns12
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The plumage looks like a Grouse but that beak...

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Caspian Gull

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Curlew

Curlew

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow! love both the similarity, and difference btw pics of curlew and snipe; i could imagine a whole thread/e-exhibition of more similar birds (excuse my ignorance)

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