OK, I’m still not 100% there on birds in flight yet – but I have found a nifty little thing on my camera. When shooting in scenes mode, there is the option to choose a high burst option. It shoots five – ten pics in rapid succession. With that I’ve gotten a bit better. But you still have to guess when the suckers are going to want to start flying – that’s the part I don’t have down yet. So these two shots are at the feeder – mainly because I stand a better shot of seeing other birds coming which might get the perchers to fly. One is of a bird approaching the feeder and the other is of a (hermit thrush I believe) who is just a bit too large for the feeder – in order to stay on the feeder he has to repeatedly flutter about.
So as I said, here is a good bird picture and what will follow are my very blurry bird in flight pictures. I do love the one that looks like the bird is made of light, the others are just repeated attempts to get a good in flight pic. I am getting much better results – I basically had to reset all my settings on the canon and have just gone with the sports mode. It has gotten cold out again – so not sure I’ll be outside in the next couple of days but I do want to get the tripod out and see if that helps at all. I think I do need to get a remote or wireless shutter release though to further eliminate camera shake.