I was real lucky today. I noticed a large bird on the soccer goal cage in the field behind our house. I got the 30D with the 100-400 lens on it , and the bird even waited for me. A red-tailed hawk was about to enjoy lunch. Nature is amazing, and I can see how some photographers become avid birders.
I believe this guy (or gal) is a White-breasted Nuthatch . I am not good at identifying birds. I finally got smart and used a monopod with the 5D and 100-400 mm lens. The original pictures was very sharp. I am amazed or maybe dismayed at the loss of quality when I converted the RAW image to a JEPG and then reduced the size to fit here. Still a lot to learn.
We live in a wooded area. Our lot is just about an acre in size and most of it is covered with tall oaks and tulip poplars. We really enjoy watching the trees change. We only worry during the occasional violent thunder storm or very occasional hurricane. I do take a lot of photos of the trees in all seasons. I like the way the sun comes through in spots in the leaves in the summer. I also like to use my new nice long 100-400 mm telephoto to sort of reach out and touch.
My hat is definitely off to bird photographers. I have been trying to get some decent photos of the little avian creatures that frequent the bird feeders on our property and it is no easy task. They don’t sit and pose. I have learned to sit quietly a decent distance from the feeder and be ready with focus and aperture set. They are definitely fun to watch as they flit to and from the feeder. Each species behaves a little differently. The Cardinals are the easiest to photograph, and they don’t move quite as quickly. Our feeders are mostly in the shade so that has meant little light and having to use a high ISO to get a shutter speed that would yield a sharp picture. Maybe I should simply move the feeders. This guy seems to be saying, “Stay away from my food.”