The Problem with Small Birds (three photographs)
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Small bird photography is very difficult; you need real dedication and patience (and the money to buy a long lens). Lets start with the bird, they are so small that details can be lost unless you have a long enough lens to fill a significant part of the frame, or the megapixels to crop to that size. Small birds are mostly hyperactive and very sensitive to sound and movement, seeing the bird and finding it with the lenses, are two different things. Small birds have the advantage of being able to hide in the brush and in the tree cover. You can sooner hear them than see them. Of course bird feeders provide some opportunity, but I am talking about birds entirely in nature. In the trees and brush the growth between them and you ruins any chance of easy focus and if you can focus they usually have their backs towards you. When you do get to see them they choose a roost so high up the photographic view is unnatural. A small bird on a branch is relatively rare and one on a branch with a clear background is even rarer. When you see photographs of small birds that work applaud the photographer, he worked for it. The photographs, above show why you might nonetheless want to shoot small birds, even if the highest standards cannot be met.