Yellow-Rumped Warbler

The other day I had several of these Yellow-Rumped Warblers at the feeders.  While I have my blind setup just a few feet away from where I want the birds to land, I also have a background that allows me to capture a few "environmental" type shots.

ISO 3200, 600mm, F/6.3 @ 1/400th second

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While I could wait for this bird to hopefully come to one of the logs I have setup by the feeders to get a full frame shot of the bird only, I like to sometimes include a shot that shows you the bird's surroundings.  

The area behind my bird setup is full of these tall grasses.  The smaller birds tend to bounce from grass to grass all the time.  I am usually never quick enough to get a photo of them, however.  This day this little warbler sat on this piece of grass for a few seconds.  As I was taking images and watching through my viewfinder the wind picked up and knocked him to the ground.

This image was made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  All mounted on my Sirui Tripod and PH-20 gimbal head.

Backyard Goldfinch

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.

ISO 3200, 460mm, F/6.3 @ 1/500th second

Hover over the image to see camera settings used.  Click image to view it larger.

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.