This is my first serious attempt to catch birds in flight. Most of these are at 1000th of a second. It was an overcast day and I was trying all types of settings but really was unable to get any faster shutter speed. I had the ISO up to 800 so they look a bit grainy. So all in all I was pleased with these and I know better can be had, if the sun were out and the ISO could be cranked down a tad.
The Purple Finch was the easiest of the lot. They fly slower and will hover somewhat looking for an open landing portal at the feeder.
Here an Acorn Woodpecker flew in to the other side and everyone scattered.
The woodpecker then moved over to the tray and I caught his landing but the take-off was very sudden and he is so fast that I missed it.
The real speed demon though is this guy, which I thought was a White-breasted Nuthatch, but it sure doesn't look like it here. He was darting in and out and this is the only inflight shot of him I was able to get. Unfortunately the shutter speed was down to 640th at the time.
Here he is stationary. I was shooting through a glass door for all of these and didn't realize the reflection was as bad as some of the pictures picked up. Next time I'll slide the door open. It's just I have to be aware of Sinbad wandering outside while I am focused on birds.
Finally a Scrub Jay. I never caught him in flight. Another fast fellow. Maybe next time.
This is linked to Pine River Review World Bird Wednesday