Evening Grosbeak

September 7, 2012
Evening Grosbeak

1/250sec @ f/8
420mm, ISO200, 0ev
Evaluative Metering
Nikon D3s, AF-S 300mm f/4, AF-S TC-14EII

This is the first picture I have ever taken of an Evening Grosbeak. These birds are stunning and their colours pop wherever they land. This one just happened to land on one of my back garden feeders prior to me having set it up in the right place. By right place, I mean somewhere that makes taking photos easier with a rather short 300mm lens (Short by birding standards). Not only is it imperative to get the birds feeding closer to the lens, it is also imperative to try and control the background. The background on this image is a little busy but I don’t mind it.

Being that the feeder was rather a long way from the deck, and there was about 4 foot of snow in the garden this comp is a heavy crop of the original frame. I am definitely happy with the colours considering the time of day 1:23pm. However winter shooting is made easier all day long by how low the sun is in the sky and also by the huge light reflection properties of snow.

There is nothing I would rather have done in this shot. The bird was on the feeder for approximately 1 minute and it was gone again. I am just glad I got one shot. That’s the beauty of taking shots of birds, you can’t piss about trying to get it perfect. The moment is fleeting at best.