I decided to practice shooting birds in flight (camera, not gun). Here are some of those practice shots. We can see later if I learned anything other than “must be more patient”. All these were shot at 1/1,000th of a second.
I am always fascinated by the degree of control by these birds. Obviously there is a lot of independent control of parts of flight surfaces and landing gear in order to perform all these aerobatics. It’s very far from just flapping up and down.
This blue jay is not being chased by robo-heron, just a trick of perspective.
The next two are the same chickadee, taken about 1/40th second apart, as it lands on the peanut feeder.
The lesson from those two, which are blurred from being magnified, is to be more patient. Zoom in on a smaller spot and wait, rather than wider angle in the hopes of catching more in a shorter wait time.
Next are a pair of chickadees showing off their bush skills. They don’t seem at all troubled at the challenge of zooming around in a dogwood bush in spite of the very limited clearance between branches.
Next are three shots of the same nuthatch, landing on a twig, from which the peanut feeder is suspended.
The birds don’t fight, but it is generally understood that when a bigger bird arrives, the smaller one leaves.
Finally, something I didn’t see startled a mixed flock of ground-feeding birds. I’m not sure if the one junco that stayed put is going to win out by getting more food, or lose if the hawk catches it.