House Finches in Flight

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They say practice makes perfect, but in this case, I think I simply got lucky!! I was practicing, however, over and over again, to capture these house finches as they skirmished in the air. A nearby feeder was their target and they’d squabble and land on this barrel cactus and it was great fun to watch and to photograph! I won’t tell you how many images I threw away – because the wings weren’t right, or birds overlapped, or half of the bird was great and the other half, well, wasn’t even in the frame! lol. But with persistence, and patience, I managed to get a few that I liked, like this image. The most fun was that I spent the time with my good friend Wendy Kaveney, who has been practicing this herself in her desert backyard outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It was a great time, and we’d spend each morning watching the birds and photographing Gila woodpeckers, Gilded Flickers, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrashers, Mourning Doves, Verdins, Quail, and the sneaky Harris Antelope Squirrel who’d get into the food, too.

I recalibrated my Tamron 150-600mm lens with the Lens Align Kit and I’m so glad I did. If you think you don’t need to do that with your long lenses you bought, think again! I was able to make mine even more accurate by doing the test.

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Brenda Tharp
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4 Comments

  1. Nalo April 15, 2016 at 1:41 am #

    Great timing !!

    • Brenda Tharp April 15, 2016 at 2:41 am #

      Thanks, I wish I could say it took only one picture, but it took patience and luck to get the timing!

  2. wendy April 2, 2016 at 4:08 am #

    Beautiful image, Brenda! I wish you were still here “practicing!” 😉

    • Brenda Tharp April 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

      Thanks Wendy! – Yes, me too. Jed and I spent the weekend getting our garden/yard into shape – still more to do but I was thinking about birds/photography and I can’t find an easy way to set up a situation with the dang wood fences that all our properties have here! 🙁 I’ll work it out somehow…