I have a new appreciation for member who photograph these small song birds. This Dark-eyed Junco was shot in the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge on Oct 19, at 8:50 AM. The Junco keep jumping in and out of the hedge, looking for seeds to eat.
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Canon R5, Canon 100-500mm. f7.1, 363mm, 1/2000, -1EV, ISO 500. The shots were cropped by 50% and I used local control points to bring up the Junco’s head and beak and to lower the hedge. I did think I could do anything about the leaf just to left of the bird’s head.
Great detail in the junco and a nice sequence of shots. I like the one with the mouth open showing the tongue and the last one with the slight head turn and mouth open. Looks as if you had some nice light and it’s a nice environmental shot.