Following up from my previous post where I mentioned that I shot a couple of bird photographs. Now, bird photography is not my usual “thing”, but when the chance arises from time to time I do enjoy the challenge. A challenge it is, as I do not own the proper equipment for bird photography. Especially considering the birds in my part of the country are not only small, but, well, not too exciting or colorful. We have more geese than ornate ducks and more black birds than colorful birds. Plus the patience part – waiting for hours to capture that one good bird photo – is not something I care to do.
Happily I didn’t need a really long telephoto or patience to capture a couple of small birds in the trees. Cardinals are about as colorful as it gets around here, and three or four cardinals were flying all about near the entrance to the wooded area in the park. All I had to do was stand in one spot and spin around to capture the birds as the perched on the tree limbs. Though they were very energetic they did manage to sit still long enough for me to get a few shots off before they took off again. I even managed to find a small woodpecker, which is a pretty rare sighting for me.
Granted, I could have benefited from a longer focal length to get a little closer, as these are slight crops. That is something I considered in the past. However the cost of a good long telephoto coupled with the amount of time I would actually need one, maybe once a year, kind of dampen my enthusiasm for getting one. Who knows though. Since I seem to have way too much time on my hands these days it may be something I’ll get into more.