Backyard Songbirds

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TeeJay626 Regular Member • Posts: 393
Backyard Songbirds
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Haven't had a chance to get out to any of the local parks due to a rough February weather-wise up here.  Still have a lot of cloudy and rainy/snowy days but I like to park myself by my back door and see what I can capture.

I recently updated my camera body to the Canon 80D and also purchased the Canon 100-400L IS II after renting it for my Yellowstone trip last August.

Enjoy.  All comments welcome.  Just an amateur here

First time I ever saw this bird, a Pine Warbler

Incoming!

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Mikel10
Mikel10 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,205
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Very nice captures. Thanks for sharing.

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Gautam Majumdar Forum Pro • Posts: 18,062
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Great shots. TFS

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frogstar
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Great series.

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macrouser
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Some great shots.  I especially like the first two.  The colors came up really good.

The starling is very pretty.

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Morris0
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Great exposure and details.  You might want to set up some natural looking perches near your feeder to get more natural looking images.  Very nice voriety

Morris

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OP TeeJay626 Regular Member • Posts: 393
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Morris0 wrote:

Great exposure and details. You might want to set up some natural looking perches near your feeder to get more natural looking images. Very nice voriety

Morris

Thanks for the tip.  My yard isn't the biggest, and my dog needs her space!  But I will look into some natural looking perches.  I do want to replace my current setup as it really isn't that sturdy.

I've been working on different exposure techniques and now that I have a professional lens, I really want to learn how to take full advantage of it.  I must say that this lens has given me a new joy of photography once I saw just how much better it is than any other I've owned.  I unfortunately became a "pixel peeper" over the years and that made me want to get better glass.  I rented the Canon 100-400L IS II in August for our annual Yellowstone trip, and was blown away by it's results.  Even my wife, who says she never sees a difference in pictures, had to acknowledge how great the pics looked, and gave me the go-ahead to make the purchase.

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1elementin7groups
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Congrats on the lens and your images are excellent. I hope since you got your new toy you will be posting more!

As Morris said, natural perches look best. This is easily done by taking a limb off a tree or scrounging for one that a neighbor pruned, and clamping it on one of your existing feeder bars. A bit higher up, but over the feeder and the birds tend to land there, look around then proceed to the feeder. It is when they land on the perch to look around is when you shoot. Also you can pre-focus and pre-zoom on the spot on the perch.

A couple examples:

Dave

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Morris0
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Re: Backyard Songbirds

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

Great exposure and details. You might want to set up some natural looking perches near your feeder to get more natural looking images. Very nice voriety

Morris

Thanks for the tip. My yard isn't the biggest, and my dog needs her space! But I will look into some natural looking perches. I do want to replace my current setup as it really isn't that sturdy.

I've been working on different exposure techniques and now that I have a professional lens, I really want to learn how to take full advantage of it. I must say that this lens has given me a new joy of photography once I saw just how much better it is than any other I've owned. I unfortunately became a "pixel peeper" over the years and that made me want to get better glass. I rented the Canon 100-400L IS II in August for our annual Yellowstone trip, and was blown away by it's results. Even my wife, who says she never sees a difference in pictures, had to acknowledge how great the pics looked, and gave me the go-ahead to make the purchase.

Could it be that Yellowstone motivated you?  It's an amazing place.  For perches you can do things like tie a twig to one of the structures you showed in these images or even the feeder.

Morris

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OP TeeJay626 Regular Member • Posts: 393
Re: Backyard Songbirds

Morris0 wrote:

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

Great exposure and details. You might want to set up some natural looking perches near your feeder to get more natural looking images. Very nice voriety

Morris

Thanks for the tip. My yard isn't the biggest, and my dog needs her space! But I will look into some natural looking perches. I do want to replace my current setup as it really isn't that sturdy.

I've been working on different exposure techniques and now that I have a professional lens, I really want to learn how to take full advantage of it. I must say that this lens has given me a new joy of photography once I saw just how much better it is than any other I've owned. I unfortunately became a "pixel peeper" over the years and that made me want to get better glass. I rented the Canon 100-400L IS II in August for our annual Yellowstone trip, and was blown away by it's results. Even my wife, who says she never sees a difference in pictures, had to acknowledge how great the pics looked, and gave me the go-ahead to make the purchase.

Could it be that Yellowstone motivated you? It's an amazing place. For perches you can do things like tie a twig to one of the structures you showed in these images or even the feeder.

Morris

LOL, yes, Yellowstone has actually turned me into a lover of photography.  We first went in 2008 and I had a horrible 5MP Olympus P&S camera.  From there it turned into a Sony H-55, then a Canon SX-40 bridge camera, into a Canon T3i with kit lenses, to a Canon 60D, 77D and now my 80D.

This is my 2nd L lens, the first being a 300 f4 IS, which was a great lens, but not quite enough reach, and I do prefer a zoom.  I'm heading to a National Wildlife Refuge later this week, and then back to Yellowstone in early June.  This is our 13th year in a row going to Yellowstone, so I guess we're hooked.

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1elementin7groups wrote:

Congrats on the lens and your images are excellent. I hope since you got your new toy you will be posting more!

As Morris said, natural perches look best. This is easily done by taking a limb off a tree or scrounging for one that a neighbor pruned, and clamping it on one of your existing feeder bars. A bit higher up, but over the feeder and the birds tend to land there, look around then proceed to the feeder. It is when they land on the perch to look around is when you shoot. Also you can pre-focus and pre-zoom on the spot on the perch.

A couple examples:

Dave

Wow, great shots!  Thanks for the tips.  I see a feeder project in my near future.

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Morris0
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Re: Backyard Songbirds

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

Great exposure and details. You might want to set up some natural looking perches near your feeder to get more natural looking images. Very nice voriety

Morris

Thanks for the tip. My yard isn't the biggest, and my dog needs her space! But I will look into some natural looking perches. I do want to replace my current setup as it really isn't that sturdy.

I've been working on different exposure techniques and now that I have a professional lens, I really want to learn how to take full advantage of it. I must say that this lens has given me a new joy of photography once I saw just how much better it is than any other I've owned. I unfortunately became a "pixel peeper" over the years and that made me want to get better glass. I rented the Canon 100-400L IS II in August for our annual Yellowstone trip, and was blown away by it's results. Even my wife, who says she never sees a difference in pictures, had to acknowledge how great the pics looked, and gave me the go-ahead to make the purchase.

Could it be that Yellowstone motivated you? It's an amazing place. For perches you can do things like tie a twig to one of the structures you showed in these images or even the feeder.

Morris

LOL, yes, Yellowstone has actually turned me into a lover of photography. We first went in 2008 and I had a horrible 5MP Olympus P&S camera. From there it turned into a Sony H-55, then a Canon SX-40 bridge camera, into a Canon T3i with kit lenses, to a Canon 60D, 77D and now my 80D.

This is my 2nd L lens, the first being a 300 f4 IS, which was a great lens, but not quite enough reach, and I do prefer a zoom. I'm heading to a National Wildlife Refuge later this week, and then back to Yellowstone in early June. This is our 13th year in a row going to Yellowstone, so I guess we're hooked.

Visit Grand Teton and the National Elk refuge while you are there

Morris

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OP TeeJay626 Regular Member • Posts: 393
Re: Backyard Songbirds

Morris0 wrote:

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

Great exposure and details. You might want to set up some natural looking perches near your feeder to get more natural looking images. Very nice voriety

Morris

Thanks for the tip. My yard isn't the biggest, and my dog needs her space! But I will look into some natural looking perches. I do want to replace my current setup as it really isn't that sturdy.

I've been working on different exposure techniques and now that I have a professional lens, I really want to learn how to take full advantage of it. I must say that this lens has given me a new joy of photography once I saw just how much better it is than any other I've owned. I unfortunately became a "pixel peeper" over the years and that made me want to get better glass. I rented the Canon 100-400L IS II in August for our annual Yellowstone trip, and was blown away by it's results. Even my wife, who says she never sees a difference in pictures, had to acknowledge how great the pics looked, and gave me the go-ahead to make the purchase.

Could it be that Yellowstone motivated you? It's an amazing place. For perches you can do things like tie a twig to one of the structures you showed in these images or even the feeder.

Morris

LOL, yes, Yellowstone has actually turned me into a lover of photography. We first went in 2008 and I had a horrible 5MP Olympus P&S camera. From there it turned into a Sony H-55, then a Canon SX-40 bridge camera, into a Canon T3i with kit lenses, to a Canon 60D, 77D and now my 80D.

This is my 2nd L lens, the first being a 300 f4 IS, which was a great lens, but not quite enough reach, and I do prefer a zoom. I'm heading to a National Wildlife Refuge later this week, and then back to Yellowstone in early June. This is our 13th year in a row going to Yellowstone, so I guess we're hooked.

Visit Grand Teton and the National Elk refuge while you are there

Morris

We always spend at least 1 night in Jackson for the Tetons.  During the summer months when I go (June-September), the National Elk Refuge is desolate as the elk have migrated back into the park.

In the Tetons, I will usually use my Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 OS Contemporary lens for landscapes, as it's an amazing lens.  I will also use my Canon 10-18 IS.

I've had some great wildlife experiences in the Tetons, although I've never seen a wolf there.  Grizzlies, elk, moose, yes.  Also found a great spot for bald eagles.

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Morris0
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Re: Backyard Songbirds

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

TeeJay626 wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

Great exposure and details. You might want to set up some natural looking perches near your feeder to get more natural looking images. Very nice voriety

Morris

Thanks for the tip. My yard isn't the biggest, and my dog needs her space! But I will look into some natural looking perches. I do want to replace my current setup as it really isn't that sturdy.

I've been working on different exposure techniques and now that I have a professional lens, I really want to learn how to take full advantage of it. I must say that this lens has given me a new joy of photography once I saw just how much better it is than any other I've owned. I unfortunately became a "pixel peeper" over the years and that made me want to get better glass. I rented the Canon 100-400L IS II in August for our annual Yellowstone trip, and was blown away by it's results. Even my wife, who says she never sees a difference in pictures, had to acknowledge how great the pics looked, and gave me the go-ahead to make the purchase.

Could it be that Yellowstone motivated you? It's an amazing place. For perches you can do things like tie a twig to one of the structures you showed in these images or even the feeder.

Morris

LOL, yes, Yellowstone has actually turned me into a lover of photography. We first went in 2008 and I had a horrible 5MP Olympus P&S camera. From there it turned into a Sony H-55, then a Canon SX-40 bridge camera, into a Canon T3i with kit lenses, to a Canon 60D, 77D and now my 80D.

This is my 2nd L lens, the first being a 300 f4 IS, which was a great lens, but not quite enough reach, and I do prefer a zoom. I'm heading to a National Wildlife Refuge later this week, and then back to Yellowstone in early June. This is our 13th year in a row going to Yellowstone, so I guess we're hooked.

Visit Grand Teton and the National Elk refuge while you are there

Morris

We always spend at least 1 night in Jackson for the Tetons. During the summer months when I go (June-September), the National Elk Refuge is desolate as the elk have migrated back into the park.

In the Tetons, I will usually use my Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 OS Contemporary lens for landscapes, as it's an amazing lens. I will also use my Canon 10-18 IS.

I've had some great wildlife experiences in the Tetons, although I've never seen a wolf there. Grizzlies, elk, moose, yes. Also found a great spot for bald eagles.

The summer is a great time for raptors,  pronghorn in the Elk Refuge

Morris

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