Winter Wings

Winter Wings

It is day 12, and I figured it is long enough after Jamie posted his last shot of a bird that I can safely post one.

As usual, at lunch today I got out for a walk. The weather has warmed up a lot and I knew that with the warmer weather, the birds would be out. The one thing I didn’t want to do was go for a walk with my big camera bag and multiple lenses. I instead chose to pull out the biggest zoom lens I have, pop it on the camera and take my chances that I would be shooting something wild. I wasn’t sure what type of birds I would find, but I had my hopes up for a hawk or eagle or something majestic and grand. As luck would have it I found me a flock of tweety birds – which of course is the exact scientific name for this bird.  The good thing about the lens I was carrying is that when zoomed out it is 80mm. So if I had to, I could get a shot of pretty much anything with the exception of scenery. The downside to this lens is that I just don’t find it to be as sharp as I would like and it is similar to carrying around a small child (it is heavy).

About 5 minutes north of us there is a decent sized park that I have noticed is home to a lot of birds nests. I didn’t want to waste anytime since I was only on a lunch break and I thought if I am going to have any luck, this would be the best place to go. As I was walking around, I couldn’t see anything flying in the air or proudly perched up in a tree, but I could hear the chirps of these little guys. I took out my camera and as I was walking up they all suddenly fell silent. I know these birds are skittish  so I stopped and slowly started to inch my way closer. Having a 400mm zoom should mean that you don’t need to get up close, but with tweety birds being so small, to get a decent shot you have to be closer than usual. For this shot, I was about 12ish feet away and it took me about 5 minutes of inching to get that close without scaring them all and ruining my chances.

I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Sigma 80-400mm F4-5.6 lens, shooting at 1/60, F6.3, with an ISO setting of 200. It was an overcast day when the shot was taken and the birds where hanging out in some bushes.

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