As I was walking along, I heard numerous small birds in a tree right next to me, and one of them was a warbler. It was back away from me, too far away to take any photos, but I thought that if I waited, maybe the warbler, or another bird would land in a place close enough for me to get a photo. The warbler was working its way closer to me all the time, then perched on one of the runners from a grapevine that was growing on the tree, right in plain sight!
But not long enough for me to get a photo as you can see. Now where did that little bugger go? There he is! Right in with all the leaves that are making my auto-focus go crazy trying to pick which small pale yellow green object in the frame to focus on in a tree full of small pale yellow green leaves.
I can do better than that, better switch to manual focus.
Too late! Now where did he go? There he is, in the open again!
Sit still you stupid little bird, I only want to take your portrait. Maybe this chickadee will cooperate better.
But its right in line with an opening in the leaves, screwing up the auto-exposure.
That’s a better spot, but now your hiding your head behind a leaf, how about moving a little?
Not that far! I didn’t want you to fly away as I pressed the shutter release.
There’s the warbler again!
Or not. There he is.
I wish you guys would hold still for maybe 2 seconds or so.
Not behind a leaf, please!
Better, but please hold still!
Thank you! But how can I identify you in that shot? There’s like 1,000 species of you guys, and you all look a lot alike, especially at this angle.
Wait, come back! Please come back. I didn’t mean to insult you, I just wanted to take your picture. Oh well, better luck next time, I hope. I’m going to go shoot some robins, they aren’t as camera shy as you warblers are.
Then again, maybe they are.
I think any one who has tried to photograph song birds has had days like this. As always, thanks for stopping by!