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

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

well hi there

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Spoonbill

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M O'Connell
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1 month ago

Lovely plumage

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Red-Breasted Goose

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

That second picture is nightmare fuel.

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Black Stork

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Sydney Asher
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1 month ago

i prefer the side look

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Great Egret

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Red
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1 month ago

you sure this isnt a Q-tip?

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Great Bittern

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Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
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1 month ago

Snake?

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Lesser Black Backed Gull

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Why does his mouth look like something out of a horror movie?

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Marsh Tit

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Doggo
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1 month ago

who named this bird?

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Wood Pigeon

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Doggo
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1 month ago

the second picture is elders taking a selfie

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Waxwing

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Seabeast
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1 month ago

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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Red
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1 month ago

”Wait... WHERES JIMMY”

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Common Whitethroat

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Caterpillar beak!

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Hawfinch

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Diana Eriksson
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1 month ago

That beak!

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Kingfisher

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Big
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1 month ago

So majestic!

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Long-Eared Owl

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Aw! I love the head tilt.

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Magpie

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

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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lol
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1 month ago

so cutteeeee

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Bearded Tit

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M O'Connell
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1 month ago

More of a Mustachioed Tit

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Grey Patridge

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Carter Brown
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1 month ago (edited)

What the f**k it is disappearing

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Ringed Plover

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Carter Brown
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1 month ago

Is it just me or is that bird looking kinda angry?

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Bluethroat

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Soph the Loaf
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1 month ago

Aww, its little beak is a triangle

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Eider

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Seabeast
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1 month ago

Eider you like this duck, or you don't.

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House Sparrow

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Alex Meidunas
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1 month ago

nice size photo

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Water Rail

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Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
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1 month ago

My eyes after getting out of the poool with no goggles.

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Little Grebe

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boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

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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Great Tit

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Xander Gonzalez
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1 month ago

Who in the hell is naming these birds! tit birds

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Black-Necked Grebe

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Both shots are adorable.

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Common Snipe

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Xander Gonzalez
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1 month ago

Ha looks like a pimp like me

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Red Throated Diver

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Carter Brown
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1 month ago

Help this bird it is bleeding!

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Oystercatcher

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Xander Gonzalez
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1 month ago

the bird or the cow

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Jay

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Helena Bialecka
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1 month ago

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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House Martin

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Xander Gonzalez
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1 month ago

looks a little DIRTy

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Woodcock

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Xander Gonzalez
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1 month ago

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Wood C**K WHY!!!!!!

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Caspian Gull

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Big
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1 month ago

I've never really understood the general dislike of gulls; I simply see them as the beautiful creatures they are.

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#35

Whinchat

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Taylor Bentley
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1 month ago

bird; wow!

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Curlew

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boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

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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