Some of you non-bird photographers probably think it’s quite easy to photograph birds on my balcony.
After all, I am using a 150-500mm lens mostly……and the birds are about 5-15 feet away (the closer shots are made with the Sony a6000 and it’s 55-210mm ‘kit’ lens).
I can assure you it’s not.
Some days, I seem to manage ok, other days its near on impossible as the birds face the wrong way, or walk on the pot rim behind the plant. There’s a definite skill to getting the one focal point through the plant foliage and onto the bird’s eye OR moving the camera slightly to stop it autofocusing on the dusty rain droplets on the glass windows.
A sharply focused eye is what usually makes for a good bird photo. The eye is where the viewer’s eye goes straight to (even if the rest of the bird is ‘soft’ in focus).
2 days ago, the Japanese Maple only had faint knobs where the leaf buds were starting to show.
Today, the leaf buds are starting to open.
The Canon & 150-500mm lens was too long so I went back to get the Sony a6000 out of its soft pouch and went out to the balcony fence to get the following shot.
I spent some time trying to get the buds in focus on the main tree but the autofocus kept weaving in and out on various small branches.
Then I noticed some small branches which were easier for the autofocus to catch. This branch was in front of the stairwell/lift wall where the corrugated surface bounces the hot sun onto my balcony garden.
…..and while too far away for this lens, I saw a New Holland Honeyeater sitting on the other Japanese Maple in front of the building’s entrance. I knew if I went back indoors to change cameras it would have flown away before I could get the shot. It was lovely to catch sight of a different species of bird now I’m more housebound with this ‘dodgey’ hip and knee etc.
Here are some images (again 😀 ) of the New Holland Honeyeater taken in 2017 just to remind you of what it looks like.
Apart from a crow (or House Raven ?) landing on my balcony fence for a few seconds last week, I haven’t seen much in the way of the 6-7 bird species that frequent this area this year so far. I certainly hear the caw-caw of the crows more since the construction workers have been here.
When I went out yesterday I noticed an awful lot of rubbish on the construction site – perhaps the crows/ravens are coming for a rummage around the rubbish?