I’ve been trying to get close enough to the small birds that feed on the low-lying field of Frogs Hollow on sunny afternoons, but either I haven’t got my 150-500mm lens with me on my walk OR they fly away before I can get close enough. Finally I decided to just share these images. I accept I will never get closer to get a really decent shot.
Mostly, in trying to photograph small wild birds, I am having trouble hand-holding the heavy lens as I follow the tiny birds as they continually hop around. A tripod would be of no use in this type of situation.
About a week and half ago, I managed to capture them in a bit better focus, together with a flock of red-browed Finches and Red-rumped Parrots. All together there must have been about 30 birds of the 3 species in the one area.
I think all the Fairy-wrens were females.
I have to say that I find trying to photograph tiny wild birds more than a bit of a challenge. I realise how lucky I was when I was living next to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne for 15 years. Most of the birds I photographed were used to humans and I could get quite close. Even the herons or cormorants on the large lake island usually stood still in the afternoon sun and I was able to use a tripod.
The following 2 shots were the closest I ever got to the wrens when living on the north-eastern side of Melbourne next to the Yarra River. They are males.