Show your Bird Portraits

Apr 3, 2013
Isle of Wight
Hi Alan.
Lovely shots of the painted buntings, the second one (male?) is very brightly painted!
You didn’t do too bad on the humming birds either, does having the wings at or near maximum travel give the best chance of minimum blur?

Cheers, Graham.


EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
@AlanF - quite a bunch of excellent shots in the last couple of days(y).

@Valvebounce - in my limited experience with hummingbirds, if you want to 'freeze' the wings you'll need 1/8000 shutter speed or flash lighting - even at the maximum travel there is a lot of movement in the wings as they move in (sort of) figure of 8 trajectory - so the bird can hover stationary. When turning / repositioning, the body moves fast enough that you can get motion blur at 1/1000th... (the shots I took in Suriname (post-730253 and next) were at 1/2000th with still significant motion blur in the wingtips).
Apr 3, 2013
Isle of Wight
Hi Wiebe.
Thanks for that explanation, I hadn’t given it enough thought or I would have remembered the beautiful slow motion shots from the David Attenborough series showing exactly that phenomenon.

Cheers, Graham.

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
Alberta, Canada
Just curious. Now CR has "likes". We bird pic posters are polite folk so it stands to reason that thank-yous for likes would be in order. However, it's almost a clutter to have posts just saying thanks for "likes". We all like to think that what we post is appreciated and we all appreciate the likes. So, should we be posting thanks for the likes - I'm asking because I'm a bit lazy but more because I would just like to do what everyone would think is fine/correct.

BTW, thanks for the "berry tugging" likes (without giving names).



I post too Much on Here!!
Jul 29, 2012
The male Purple Finch was in our yard today (north-central Texas). We get House Finches every winter (some stay in the summer), but we don't get Purple Finches every winter--the last two winters we did not have them in our yard. They are not here in the summer.
Lovely shot. Well done Mike.
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Aug 16, 2012
It was the last day of our Florida trip today, apart from the drive back from Treasure Island, nr St Petersburg, to Orlando Airport tomorrow. The temperature dropped dramatically from the mid 70-80s to 55F with a cold gusty wind and heavy overcast sky. We came across Mr and Mrs Northern Cardinal hunkered down in a bush, and I thought I would show them for amusement as they are so puffed up trying to keep warm and they were taken hand held at 1/60s for him and 1/125 for her. These are 100% crops of the birds that occupy about 1000x2000px taken on the 5DSR with the 100-400mm II.