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May 13, 2011 / hhsiegrist

Small Birds

Small birds, especially passerines, are a real challenge to photograph. They cannot sit still while you focus and when you are ready they already have flown away to the next branch.

Again, one of the secrets is to draw their attention with what they like most, i.e. food. Having a bird feeder installed is, although not a guarantee, a way to increase the probability to get more chances to take pictures of these attractive animals. A good time to do this is the cold season as the birds may not have enough food anyway. Ornithologists are not so happy with this idea since they tend to recommend feeding only in the most extreme situations when birds would not survive without.

With the right equipment like a long lens and converters one is able to obtain close portraits of these small creatures such as a Greenfinch:

or a Blue Tit

or a Tree Sparrow bringing nesting material

With some luck (you know that’s one of the main ingredients for successful wildlife photography) even bigger birds come to visit the feeders such as this spotted woodpecker

A hide is not necessary but enough time to let the birds get accustomed to the photographer. Avoid rapid movements and much noise. The use of flashlight is possible as animals are generally much more sensitive to noise than to light. The failure rate in this type of wildlife photography is very high so do not expect too much from even a large series of frames. Five to ten percent “keepers” would be an enormous success. One in a hundred or less is more realistic.

That’s it for now. More pictures of small birds at



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  1. Jörg / May 13 2011 23:59

    wieder sehr schön freigestellte Vogelfotos. Die Erklärungen bezüglich Futterstelle fand ich interessant und v.a einleuchtend. Danke für die Fotos und die Hintergrunderläuterungen.
    LG Jörg

  2. Rolf / May 14 2011 11:37

    Hallo Hans,
    Du zeigst hier wieder beachtliche Aufnahmen. Diese kleinen flinken Tierchen sind wirklich nicht leicht zu fotografieren, umso erstaunlicher sind Deine Ergebnisse.
    Viele Grüße

  3. Angela Häring-Christen / May 14 2011 23:32

    Hallo Hans,
    die weg-flieg-Vögel sind wirklich schwierig zu fotografieren. Oft fehlt mir genug Licht oder sie sitzen hinter Blätter. Deshalb staune ich immer wieder ab so schönen Vogelbilder.
    Ich wünsche dir weiterhin viel Glück beim Fotografieren und ein schönes Wochenende.
    Liebe Grüsse

    • hhsiegrist / May 15 2011 10:09

      Hallo Angela
      Vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar. Daher ist eben die Ausschussrate so enorm hoch und es braucht manchmal Tage und Wochen, um solche Bilder zu bekommen.
      Herzliche Grüsse

  4. Josef P. / May 16 2011 08:32

    Servus Hans,
    deine Bilder sind eine wahre Augenweide. Technisch brilliant – und du hast die kleinen, flinken Vögel wunderbar
    in Szene gesetzt.
    Viele Grüsse

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