Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Last weekend we got a new bird feeder to hang in the yard, just outside of a window. It’s been drawing a few common birds, and I’ve enjoyed trying to get photos of them, like this tufted titmouse.

Small birds are always a little difficult to photograph because of their size. I shot this photo at 200 mm with a 1.4x teleconverter on a 1.5x crop DSLR — effectively 420 mm… but I still cropped this to about 25% of the original size to create this framing.

Of course, once you do manage to get the bird into the frame, the bird starts moving! Small birds like this move fast and flitter all around. The best thing to do is watch the birds for a bit and learn to anticipate how they move, then prefocus on the area you expect them to be in.

See the original on Flickr.

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