2013 Project 365

Project 365/129 – Birding Blitz

Four county parks, over 50 species of birds, 500+ photos, 37 keepers, 2 ‘gallery’ shots. What an amazing day!

It is a process of discovery.

It’s being quiet enough and undisturbed enough

for a period of time

so that the songs can begin to sort of peek out,

and you begin to have emotional experiences in a musical way.

James Taylor

36 replies »

  1. What patience, Great shots! I’m going to be camping in a right-o-way for bird migration this weekend. I’m bringing my binoculars, but my Android phone won’t cut the mustard for capture, lol!

      • I’m so green about birding, but it makes sense you’d see them better before the leaves hide them. I’m going to bring my birdie book & do my best to see some migratory birds that I don’t normally see. I’ll let you know what I saw that I could identify!

  2. You got some great shots. I have been practicing on the birds on our bird feeders and just can’t get good ones, even with a tripod set up inside pointed out an open window. I think I need a different zoom lens. What lens do you use?

    • Birding photography is so hard Pat, and I’ve been practicing for three years now. I have three zoom lens in my kit. This series is with my 500mm L Canon, but I think it may need to be serviced, Focus isn’t where I want it.
      I started with the Canon 70-300mm IS which does an ok job in good light with mid-range f/stops not fully zoomed.
      My next zoom is the 100-400mm L Canon which is a versatile lens but not as sharp as the 500mm.
      Tripod is definitely essential. Image Stabilization is next. Then use a mid-range f/stop, as low as an ISO as you can go and shutter speeds of at least 1/500 sec. Many other tips, but you get the idea.

      • Oh thank you so much, Bella. I have been trying with a 200mm and figured that was the primary problem because I had made most of the corrections you suggested for settings. Maybe I’ll stick to flowers and only do birds with low expectations. πŸ˜€ Either that or I’m going to have to shell out one big hunk of money for a hobby which probably won’t happen.

    • You have no idea Mary. I was standing waiting and my friends said – so…you just stand there and wait? Because they thought I don’t carry my big 500mm lens and heavy tripod around.
      I said YEP ! They looked at me funny. Within 10 minutes though, the cuckoo showed up as well as a great crested flycatcher.
      They got the idea of waiting and the birds will come to you. πŸ™‚

    • LOL ! You are too funny Calee ! I’m starting to truly appreciate those birding photographers that really have outstanding photographs. it takes a lot of time and patience. Hope you’re having a lovely time this weekend.

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