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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#1

Short-Eared Owl

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Big
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8 months ago

Owls are absolutely adorable

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Spoonbill

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Eileen Fang
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8 months ago

f a s h i o n

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Red-Breasted Goose

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M O'Connell
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8 months ago

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

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#4

Black Stork

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glowworm2
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8 months ago

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

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Great Egret

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Red
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Snake?

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Lesser Black Backed Gull

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littlesaresare
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8 months ago

Nope

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Marsh Tit

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Doggo
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8 months ago

who named this bird?

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Wood Pigeon

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Doggo
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8 months ago

the second picture is elders taking a selfie

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Waxwing

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Seabeast
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8 months 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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Daisy Chain
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8 months ago

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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Common Whitethroat

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Lucie Pang
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8 months ago

it's like ..john..you got a little boogie

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Hawfinch

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Diana Eriksson
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8 months ago

That beak!

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Kingfisher

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Big
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8 months ago

So majestic!

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Long-Eared Owl

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Seabeast
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8 months ago

This one has not got his head screwed on straight.

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Magpie

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Mary Rose Kent
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8 months 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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Zophra
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8 months ago

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

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Bearded Tit

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Julia Atkinson
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8 months ago

It's a great day for Tits

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Grey Patridge

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Lucie Pang
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8 months ago

when you see your crush:

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Ringed Plover

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Carter Brown
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Aww, its little beak is a triangle

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Eider

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Seabeast
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8 months ago

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

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House Sparrow

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Big
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8 months ago

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

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Water Rail

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Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months ago

Both shots are adorable.

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Common Snipe

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SeaShell
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8 months ago

I'm coming for you

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Red Throated Diver

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Seabeast
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8 months ago

Looks a bit like a loon.

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Oystercatcher

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Xander Gonzalez
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8 months ago

the bird or the cow

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Jay

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Helena Bialecka
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8 months 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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boredpanDaman
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8 months ago

go martin!

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Woodcock

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tomruns12
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8 months ago

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

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Caspian Gull

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Soph the Loaf
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8 months ago

It's like he's got red eyeliner!

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Whinchat

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SeaShell
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8 months ago

Squawk!

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Curlew

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boredpanDaman
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8 months 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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