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As I have said before it’s not the simplest thing to shoot small birds and make sure there is a clean background and foreground. Without creating your own roosts, how can one guarantee the birds on clean branches? I know of one professional photographer that has set up branches off his office balcony and shoots birds “in the wild” from his desk and does it very well. As a downtown apartment dweller I will keep trying my luck in the forest because it’s a challenge and I am a sucker for a challenge.

18 responses

  1. I like the idea of placing a branch on the balcony, I would worry that my cat would try and catch whatever landed on it.
    Great work getting the shot.


    October 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

    • Thanks. My excercise routine involves photography;)


      October 27, 2014 at 7:01 am

  2. Your approach, Victor, involves persistence and you seem to have a lot of both of that. The challenge is tough, especially for such little birds. Great job in getting this shot. I’m hoping that I will have a little more luck spotting the birds when the leaves fall off of the trees.


    October 27, 2014 at 7:20 am

    • Thanks. That works. Got an Osprey like that. Leanne did a great article on you. Congratulations.


      October 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

      • Your shots of the herons show how patient you can be. Thanks for the kind words on Leanne’s article. She sent me the questions, but I had no idea what angle she would choose to talk about my photography nor what photos she would use. She is very talented and I was thrilled with the way it came otu.


        October 27, 2014 at 7:26 am

  3. Love this little bird. Don’t know how you found him and then held on ’til you got the shot. But well done!


    October 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

  4. I took up the bird challenge, and it’s tough–you have to have a fine enough pixel setting to survive a healthy crop, and you have to shoot and shoot and shoot–and know where to look, and get lucky. You have a nice bird there, and not one easy to catch. Now wait for spring migration, and go find a warbler or a vireo! (If challenge is what you seek, that is.) Once you get the hang of that, get the same little fellow in the fall while the leaves are still on and their color roughly matches the bird. You will find your head snapping in the direction of the slightest peep and your camera constantly hanging from your neck wherever you go, if it isn’t already. It is quite addictive.


    October 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

  5. Pat

    Challenge well met! What a lovely little bird.


    October 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

  6. Nelson

    I had only one experience so far with small birds and they are hard to catch. Hard to see, most of the time blocked by a branch or leaves and they do not stay on the same spot for long even if there is a bird feeder.


    October 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  7. Great post – if only the Warblers in our wooded areas would cooperate and stay just a teeny bit more still for a moment!


    October 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  8. Wonderful capture. We have so many small birds here. I need to try more. I just bought a bird field guide and am identifying birds.


    October 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

    • Thanks. Books are great but it also helps to know some birders.


      October 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

      • you’re welcome…and yes it’s been very helpful!


        October 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

  9. Pretty little bird, beautifully shot.


    October 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

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