...but I'm giving you another heavy dose today.
These guys are just easy pickings right now and until spring REALLY springs into action, there isn't much else to shoot around my parts. And...they are homesteading in my backyard, so it's hard not to shoot them right now.
Here we go...
All of these were from shot this morning in my backyard before any real light was available, so they were all shot with ISO 3200. Let's start with Blondie. Here she is atop one of the "posing" logs. She had just finished having a mealworm breakfast from the buffet just below where she is standing now.
Here is another one of Blondie. You can see she is on the exact same "posing" log. This was a little later when more light was available.
Thou shall not forget Dagwood. You can see a theme here. He's on the same "posing" log as Blondie was. The reason they like this spot so much are for a few reasons. It is a great go-between for them from food to the nesting box. I also have mealworms in a hole in this log just beneath where they are standing so they hit that little hole frequently and bounce up here when they are finished. Works out pretty well.
Here's Dagwood on a different log. This is another "posing" log I have setup. It is hollow in the top, so I put mealworms and sunflower seeds in there so the birds will land here for photos.
Notice the backgrounds on these photos. They aren't happy accidents. I have setup my logs and photo blind in such a way to give me these nice backgrounds. The first few shots you see have a gold background because the background is this tall, golden yellow grass. I have no idea what it is called, but it gets 3-4' tall and is just far enough away from the log that it just turns into a gold backdrop. This will fade to green as the weeks move along.
The last image is from a log that is a little shorter than the other one. So instead of having the gold background, it has a lot more green grass.
The moral of this story is your background is SUPER important!
When I was growing up I used to watch this TV Program called The Great Space Coaster. There was this puppet character on there named Gary Gnu. He would do a "news" show. His tag line was always "No gnews is good gnews with Gary Gnu.". That's how these backgrounds are when you are isolating birds. If it isn't noticed, you've done a good job of selecting a background.
All of these images were made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens. All resting atop my Sirui tripod and PH-20 gimbal head.