Dark-Eyed Juncos and a Long Lens (Four Photographs)
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These were taken with my new Nikon 200-500 5.6 lens, before I learned a few things. It was after this that I figured out that shooting one stop up from F5.6 made a lot of difference in quality. In addition I had been shooting everything at 500mm, when pulling back would have helped in composition and quality. The solution to this was to re-set the lens to 300mm after every shot and zoom in from there. The advantage of using lenses 300mm or more for taking birds, I am told, is that the bird will less likely be spooked by your presence. This works less often than you would like.