Photographing Backyard Songbirds from Photo Blind

Female dark-eyed junco perched on vine maple branch, Snohomish, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Female dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis oreganus) perched on vine maple branch

I have been having fun this winter shooting backyard songbirds from my new photo blind.  The pop-up photo blind sets up in less than 2 minutes and allows me to get within 10 feet of the birds as they feed from a suet feeder or perch on nearby branches.  Waterproof construction means I can leave it up and use it for a few days in rainy weather.

With their quick motions jumping around between branches, only about 2% of my photos come out with sharp eyes using the animal eye-tracking feature on the Sony a6600 camera.  This is further challenged by dim lighting conditions on Washington state’s rainy winter mornings.

Photo Blind:  Tragopan Grouse Photo Blind V+
Camera:  Sony a6600
Lens:  Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3
Noise Removal:  Topaz DeNoise AI

Song sparrow perched on branches of gold rider leyland cypress tree, Snohomish, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched on branches of gold rider leyland cypress tree

Chestnut-backed chickadee on suet feeder, Snohomish, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Chestnut-backed chickadee (Poecile rufescens) on suet feeder

Male dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis oreganus) perched on vine maple branch, Snohomish, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Male dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis oreganus) perched on vine maple branch

 

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