American Redstart

Posted by
Andy (Massachusetts, United States) on 8 June 2021 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Story time.

Like many birds, they are very challenging to photograph. Factors such as size of the bird, weather conditions, and the environment where they live. Plus the human factors such as: Is the lens cap off? Is the memory card in? Battery charge? ;)

The American redstart as defined by Sibley is a wood-warbler and Crossley takes a different approach defining it as a songbird.

They are very active and rarely stay still. Just as you bring the camera in position - they move. Bring the camera in position, and as the camera starts to focus - they move! Plus, they live in the leafy forest which cuts down on the light considerably. Challenging.

Needless to say, when I captured this redstart I was extremely thrilled.

I have to guess that this bird approached me out of curiosity, observed for a moment, just long enough the camera to be brought into position and focus, then flew away doing what redstarts do.

NIKON D500 1/1250 second F/6.3 ISO 2500 495 mm (35mm equiv.)

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