This past weekend I was able to get out in the backyard bird blind for a little photo time.
I am excited this year to have many birds I didn't have last year, and in good numbers, too. One of the birds I have a lot of this winter are Goldfinches. Goldfinches certainly aren't a rare bird or even rare to this area, but for whatever reason I didn't have any last year. I am very excited to see them this year and I am hoping they stay around until spring when they get their breeding plumage. They are much prettier then ;)
I was able to catch a one of the male goldfinches on a branch with a mouthful of flower. Since this was taken on Valentine's Day, I can only assume he was delivering them to Mrs. Goldfinch.
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The light was really not great so I had to bump my ISO up a bit more than I like to get a high enough shutter speed to freeze any action. Even though this bird is sitting on a branch and not flying, if he even moves his head a little at all and your shutter speed isn't fast enough it will be blurry. From many experiences of missing shots because of a slow shutter speed, I'll tell you do not be afraid of higher ISOs. The moral of the story here is it is better to have a sharp, noisy picture than a blurry one that is unusable.
This image was made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens. These were mounted on my Sirui Tripod and Ph-20 gimbal head. This combination is great for bird photography of any kind.