We have a good number of Orioles, both Hooded and Bullocks, and a lot of fledglings. (At least I think there are a lot – they do look a lot alike.) I put out a jelly feeder to attract them for photography and every so often I catch a feeding.
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Canon R5, 100-500 + 2X at 600mm, f/13, 1/400 sec, ISO 3200, early morning light filtering through trees behind me. Minor tonal adjustments in LR, into PS for Topaz Denoise and removal of the feeder below the perch. (I use a small plastic container so it’s easy to remove with the Patch tool.)
Thanks @linda_mellor and @Vanessa_Hill – I should have said it’s not only easy to remove in PS but also easy to clean and refill every morning. I rotate two plastic tops from spray paint cans and they drop neatly into a just slightly larger plastic container I found at TAP Plastics. The outer container is screwed onto the top of a square stick about 1/2" diameter and that is clamped onto a horizontal piece the same size that fastens to the feeder pole with an L-bracket and held with 2 small hose clamps. Easy to tweak the feeder position relative to the perch, in an often-futile attempt to get them to perch on the perch instead of the container.
Thanks everyone! @Kris_Smith, really, I’m cheating, sitting in a blind in cool morning air with freshly-brewed dark roast, aimed at perches beside feeders, with eye autofocus and 20 fps. And a cooperative row of trees down a hill 200 ft away so I’m looking into the canopy.
But later today I’ll try some wildlife photography – going looking for dragonflies. Don’t hold your breath.
Just beautiful, Diane. The details and colors, the background, and that baby just opening wide and saying AHHHH! That sounds like some touch conditions for photography! Nice to be able to enjoy your coffee while shooting excellent images. I was finally able to go with a friend for a couple of hours this week to a NWR and photograph wading birds. It was wonderful. Between the pandemic and caregiving for my husband, it has been a bit tough.