When I arrived home yesterday afternoon the light was great, so I grabbed my camera and headed to the bird blind.

I usually have cardinals at the feeders on a regular basis, but I never manage to get  "good" shots of them.  They seldom stay in the same place very long.  I also perfer not to photograph them on the ground or at the feeders, due to the fact that I like a more natural setting.  So, waiting on them to get on a log and stay for more than 3 milliseconds takes a little patience.

ISO 4000, 400mm, F/6.3 @ 1/640th second

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When I said the light was great earlier, it was.  It was perfect, soft, even, overcast light.  As it got later in the evening, I had to bump the ISO up to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze any kind of movement, though.  I mentioned earlier that these guys never stay in the same place much, right?  So I bumped the ISO to 4000 to get a shutter speed of 1/640th.

This image was made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  This setup was mounted to my Sirui tripod and PH-20 Gimbal Head.