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Nice shots Ron. Looks like you got plenty close to the little birds without guidance, but patience and a bit of luck can work wonders. I have neither, so I cannot attest to this first hand.


Feb 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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surfnron wrote:
... A QUESTION: I don't normally shoot small birds unless they come to me, but many of you post great peep shots. How do you get close while out walking, (no blind possible)?


You did great with the sparrow.


Let's see if I can help.

Besides the obvious, like being quiet, stop and listen. LIsten to where they are. Some sparrows hang around brush making it about impossible to get a clean shot. Other songbirds do hang out on twigs. You just need to be patient and hope for the best but realize that sometimes, its just not going to happen.

Right now I got about 20 red winged blackbirds hanging out in tall trees behind the house. They make a ruckus. But, there is no way I can get a tight shot. They are just specks on far branches.

OTH, this mockingbird was on a twig by a lake, sun low to the left, and background branches far enough way to be blurred. There is no way to walk around the other side. I would have been in the lake. But, he was only there for maybe 5 - 10 seconds, barely enough time to see him and get the camera into position. No blind, he was just sitting there. So sometimes, it's just be alert.

Practice, practice, practice.



Feb 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM
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Nice set Ron. Really like the RTH's


Feb 19, 2013 at 02:33 AM
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Nice to see you posting again, Ron. These look very nice . The litle ones show a lot of sharp detail
You had a lot of good suggestion about shooting the little ones. Just go to a place were you know they hang out be patient and ready
Socrate



Feb 19, 2013 at 05:16 AM
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Beautiful set Ron, great job catching the RTHs in their tender moment . Great job also on the backyard birds, looks like your were able to get pretty close to them. I find it that when I approach the birds, most of the time they fly away or move farther. Most of my pictures that had the birds really close are pure luck, they land just right in front of me


Feb 19, 2013 at 06:08 AM
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douter wrote:
Really like the first one here Ron. I have never seen a "nest" like that one either.
Douglas


Thanx Douglas.

Imagemaster wrote:
Good catch on the RTH's, Ron. Looks like someone is whispering sweet nothings to the other one.

Great shot of the first peep. Don't worry about clean backgrounds with peeps, be happy with clean foregrounds.


You have to learn how to peep better. Slow approach, no eye contact, and good luck. Trouble is, most birds feel safer when there is a branch directly in front of them.

Tony


Thanx Tony. They definitely wanted something between us.

Mark Cronin wrote:
Some nice shots Ron, Glad you got out.
I'm curious what the nest is too.
Mark


Thanx Mark.

canon.eos30d wrote:
Very nice couple RTH and the sparrow, Ron.

- Tam


Thanx Tam.

Ted ellis wrote:
Very nice Ron, the hawks are great. Prune branches off some of the trees in your back yard.

Ted


Thanx Ted. Our house is surrounded by woods - I'd rather shoot than prune...

normsmith wrote:
Nice photos Ron. How big was the nest and could you see an entrance? Orioles build pendant-like hanging nests, This one might have been blown into a lop-sided position. I'm in no way certain on this one.Also , why did you rule out a squirrel nest?
Norm


Thanx Norm. It's big enough for a squirrel, but I've never seen a nest like this, and I've spent a lot of time in the woods. It was well off the path, and people are not supposed to leave the paths, so no other views were possible.

kentvinyard wrote:
Nice shots Ron. First one looks like she's telling him how the cow ate the cabbage.
How large was that nest? Orioles make a hanging nest but they are not very large.


Thanx Kent. It was large enough for a squirrel, so I don't know...

Tim Kuhn wrote:
Great to see you got out in some nice light Ron!!! You came back with some wonderful shots, the hawk shot is super unique

To your small bird question; sometimes watching their habits helps, some of them tend to hit the same perches over and over. See where they go, sneak over and wait. For some small birds of habit, WCS amongst them, that can work quite well.

Tim


Thanx Tim. I have watched some, and have had a little success. Phoebes down at the lake will use the same perch as a launch point to catch bugs, and I can occasionally get the yak fairly close.

birdied wrote:
Very nice set Ron ! Glad you got out. Love the first and third. Every time I try and shoot the wee ones, they are so far in to tree all I see are branches !

Birdie


Thanx Birdie. I was lucky in that these came to me.

tfoltz wrote:
Nice set Ron, as for the wee little birds patience is the key.
Sometimes I stand for hours waiting for one to pop out
for a second and just hope I'm fast enough to catch it

-Tim


Thanx Tim. I'm thinking a monopod might help. I could be "almost" ready without much movement, and the mp is light enough I could pick up the whole rig to shoot.

Ron



Feb 19, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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Nice RTH shot. As for small birds, they are tough unless using hides or if you encounter them during migration (ie. Pt. Pelee in early May!). The other chance is setting up near a nest area and shooting as they come and go; but don't get too close to disrupt them. Don


Feb 20, 2013 at 05:06 AM
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Great set Ron, 1 & 3 are my picks. I think the converter is a keeper

Randy



Feb 20, 2013 at 05:22 AM
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these look plenty sharp to me Ron. Those version iii tcs are impressively good!


Feb 20, 2013 at 05:36 AM
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Looks like a productive day Ron! As far as getting close to birds, you just got to move really slow, and remain motionless for a bit, then move closer again. Check your inbox dude... I sent you a gift.


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morris wrote:
3 and the last are super Ron. Small birds are always on the move which adds to the challenge. Many that succeed at this simply stand still when they spot a small bird that fluttered off and they frequently come back. I'm not that lucky. My time of stalking may help you:

http://www.shutterfreaks.com/Tips/StalkingWildlife.html

Morris


Thanx Morris. I know how to stalk, but the little ones change direction so fast it's hard to catch them facing the other way.

penpro wrote:
Beautiful shots Ron.


Thanx Paul.

marklankton wrote:
It's coming up on romance time for raptors in my part of the world, so I think you have the right idea about the hawks.
Mark


Thanx Mark.

David Leask wrote:
Fine shots Ron, well done. Other than to say tip-toe softly I have no other advice on how to get close
David


Thanx David.

kmunroe wrote:
lovely shots Ron


Thanx Kenny.

Ron



Feb 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM
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Cool variety pack Ron, I'll go with the ring billed gull and white throated sparrow.


Feb 21, 2013 at 01:12 AM
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Fine set Ron ... the White-throated Sparrow is my fav!


Feb 21, 2013 at 01:51 AM
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A good set, Ron.
That first image is REALLY super imo. It's a first for me, also- just seeing your shot.
Charlie



Feb 21, 2013 at 07:52 PM
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BeeBalm wrote:
Ron beautiful set. 2 and 5 for me!


Thanx BB.

sdgnh wrote:
Those hawks look so coooold! It is amazing to see how birds adapt and survive those low temps. #1 is awesome. Seeing them so close together and it does look like one is chatting with the other.

You caught some great shots of the "little ones". I agree with the others, sit low and quietly. I swear they can see our eyes before we see them.

Nancy


Thanx Nancy. I was at a popular park for the peeps. It's hard to get shots when people keep walking/riding by.

CDaescher wrote:
Nice set, Ron. #1 & 3 are my favorites.
Yes, don't move and hope for a bit of luck for a clean shot.
Chris


Thanx Chris.

ashley138 wrote:
These are all great. you got a couple great small bird pics here - especially the white throated sparrow. One thing I would say is that you have to keep trying. I make a lot of attempts on getting songbird shots that don't turn out, and then you just get lucky. ALso, sometimes if there seems to be quite a few birds around, if you stand or sit in one spot and wait for them to get used to you, this can work too.


Thanx Ashley. I just need to go out with the idea of just shooting the small birds, and actually work at it.

KCollett wrote:
Nice shots Ron. Looks like you got plenty close to the little birds without guidance, but patience and a bit of luck can work wonders. I have neither, so I cannot attest to this first hand.


Thanx Ken. I do have patience for the larger birds, but I do need to work on the little ones.

acjd wrote:
You did great with the sparrow.


Let's see if I can help.

Besides the obvious, like being quiet, stop and listen. LIsten to where they are. Some sparrows hang around brush making it about impossible to get a clean shot. Other songbirds do hang out on twigs. You just need to be patient and hope for the best but realize that sometimes, its just not going to happen.

Right now I got about 20 red winged blackbirds hanging out in tall trees behind the house. They make a ruckus. But, there is no way I can get a tight shot. They
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Thanx. And your MB is nice.

birdfreak12 wrote:
Nice set Ron. Really like the RTH's


Thanx Don.

Shasoc wrote:
Nice to see you posting again, Ron. These look very nice . The litle ones show a lot of sharp detail
You had a lot of good suggestion about shooting the little ones. Just go to a place were you know they hang out be patient and ready
Socrate


Thanx Socrate. I just need to spend some time concentrating on the little ones.

jodelak wrote:
Beautiful set Ron, great job catching the RTHs in their tender moment . Great job also on the backyard birds, looks like your were able to get pretty close to them. I find it that when I approach the birds, most of the time they fly away or move farther. Most of my pictures that had the birds really close are pure luck, they land just right in front of me


Thanx. Yes - it is hard to get close to them. They either fly or move behind something. I have had them land closer than mfd, but getting them at a good distance in a "clean" spot is tough.

Ron



Feb 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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Nice work Ron .all the above advice will help .Find a nice comfortable spot get the sun at your back and wait.


Feb 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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Super work here Ron. Congrats for the fine captures.

Jude



Feb 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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Nice looking shots Ron, RSH is specially pleasing, thanks for sharing.


Feb 22, 2013 at 04:16 PM
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DonGut wrote:
Nice RTH shot. As for small birds, they are tough unless using hides or if you encounter them during migration (ie. Pt. Pelee in early May!). The other chance is setting up near a nest area and shooting as they come and go; but don't get too close to disrupt them. Don


Thanx Don.. I do have a pop up blind, but need to find an area that is lightly traveled by people, but active with birds.

randysc wrote:
Great set Ron, 1 & 3 are my picks. I think the converter is a keeper

Randy


Thanx Randy. Now I can sell the ver II tc.

Thang wrote:
these look plenty sharp to me Ron. Those version iii tcs are impressively good!


Thanx Thang. Yes - I've not used a tc that was this sharp.

Conrad Tan wrote:
Looks like a productive day Ron! As far as getting close to birds, you just got to move really slow, and remain motionless for a bit, then move closer again. Check your inbox dude... I sent you a gift.


Thanx Conrad. Hmmm - maybe if I put a cast on my leg I could slow down. And thax for the gift - it does look great.

Ron



Feb 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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tfoltz wrote:
Nice set Ron, as for the wee little birds patience is the key.
Sometimes I stand for hours waiting for one to pop out
for a second and just hope I'm fast enough to catch it

-Tim


That first shot is very cool Ron.

I agreed with what Tim said.



Feb 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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