*nods* Agreed and understood. (Been pecked upon by a Jackdaw I raised when young, and bitten by a Mallard who expected food but got none from me.)Patience and a steady supply of food... and works on more than chickadees....If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lensand to aquire his skills
The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
Yes! That's the way to do it!
Don, I've seen others from those neck of the woods feeding Chickadees in the palm of their hands. Is it the cold weather and sparseness of food for them that brings out this behaviour, or is it mostly good and patient training?
But as said above, if Art Morris is using 1200mms on a crop camera, he is most certainly not dealing with "tame" or habituated birds. If I am quiet and non-threatening, I can get within 30 or 40 feet of a wild duck... but that is exceptionally close. There are several spots I know where people regularly feed the ducks and you can have them a foot or two away.
I'm also convinced that Art has all the skills needed to shoot wild birds and do it in a professional way. No pro would slap on a 1200mm combination of lens and TC's for a tame bird that could be shot at MFD with a shorter lens - a pro would know to use the best possible gear at hand, make the best of the situation. I've read his blog and the review of the 7D Mark II, and I have a good impression of him and his abilities to judge the camera properly.