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Another close-up-Boreal Chickadee

Friends, another closeup of a chickadee, this is a boreal chickadee, a small bird that occupies the tamarack and black spruce bogs of northern Minnesota.  His coloring is very different from our more common black-capped chickadee, but I love all the feathered textures in this image.  They love suet and will come to an undisturbed feeder like those in the Sax-Zim bog.  So how do you like this tiny bird?, til Tomorrow MJ

Birds in Flight

Friends, today I will address photographing moving targets. Recently, we  journeyed again to the Bog in Northern Minnesota, a haven for winter birds.  The photo technique is really quite simple, but lots of practice is needed to stay sharp.  First pick an aperture that will give you a very fast shutter speed.  In this case the telephoto lens (400mm) is open all the way (f5.6) and the shutter speed on a lovely clear winter day was 1/500 with ISO of 100.  I focused on the bird (female pine grosbeak) at the top of the tree and waited until it tipped ready to fly.  Then leaned on the shutter until the bird was gone. See simple 🙂 til Tomorrow MJ

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