I sat out in the yard this afternoon with the 70-200 lens and took pictures of the cute little tweeties who are very much enjoying the bird feeder I put up a couple of weekends ago. Last weekend I saw few birds…just a very fat grey squirrel…swinging from the bottom, the sides, the top of the feeder. I was not impressed. But, yesterday and today I’ve seen no squirrel and the birds have been hitting it hard. Makes me happy. Drives the cat crazy. He’s spent much of his day chirping at the birds. He says he can taste them.
I continue to struggle (in my opinion) with the 70-200. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m over-estimating it’s zoom capacity. Or, if the shady and/or grey Washington winters, which demand a higher ISO than I would like and a lower aperture in order to keep the shutter speed up, is resulting in less-than-tack sharp photos. I just posted a number of pictures in an online photography community that I’m a part of seeking advice. We’ll see what they have to say. If any of you fellow-photographers have a 70-200 and have thoughts please feel free to share.
Anyways, here’s a little chirp for you. Even with the photographic struggles, it was fun to sit outside and watch and listen to them. They tended to wait in line to go to the feeder, but if one took too long another would sweep in, chirping impatiently.
Also, if you know what kind of birds these are…I don’t…so let me know. 🙂