I tried my hand at taking a few shots of the birds in my garden this weekend and I have a few things to share;
To start with: RESPECT to anyone who does this on a larger scale. I am not the most patient person so lying on the grass waiting for something to come close enough for my measly 250mm lens to pick up decently was painful, both physically and mentally. Then, to finally have a LBJ close enough to me for a half decent shot only to have the little bugger not stand still long enough to get focused, started raising my blood pressure. To top it off, just as it all comes together, my son opens his sliding door and scares the little winged devil away before I can squeeze off a shot. Cue several expletives as I check the screen of the camera to see lots of grass and only a pair of blurred feet at the top of the frame as any evidence at all that I had actually not been lying on the lawn taking a nap.
Time for a beer to steady the nerves.
However, within a short time, I was back again and after watching without the camera for about three quarters of an hour, I started noticing the pairs, the patterns, the behaviour with other birds, what spooks them and what does not. With that it dawned on me that this was a little like fishing in that there is a lot more to it that simply casting your equipment in the right direction and hoping for the best. Observation and knowledge are the most important tools in the kit.
I did give it another shot and out of about 300 attempts, I may have one or two half decent pictures to show for and afternoons work, although I can definitely confirm that 250mm is only good enough if you have the power of invisibility and are made of birdseed!
Anyway, I am not sure if I will try this in a hurry again without a longer lens, but I did learn quite a bit and at least it got me out the house, if not off my property.
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