I got a chance to get out in the backyard and photograph some birds this past weekend. That is something I haven't been able to do for a while. If I have gotten a chance to get out there lately, then the birds just haven't cooperated much. I was glad to see them cooperate a bit this weekend.
A bird that I have not photographed, or even seen, in the backyard before was this Eastern Phoebe. It was nice to see a new bird. This guy came in over and over and got his fill of tasty mealworms.
If you hover over the image you can see my camera settings for this shot. I shot this image at 460mm. I prefer to include the entire bird, and even some of it's environment, in my composition. I often times see bird images with tails that are cut off, or cropped really tightly to the edge of the frame. I see photographers get a telephoto zoom lens and they want to use it extended all the way out to it's maximum focal length. Just remember, it's more important to create a compelling and interesting composition than using your lens at it's longest end.
I shot this little guy with my Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens. As alwyas when I am in the backyard, I was using my Sirui N3204-x and PH-20 GImbal Head.