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22 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I've always wondered if a chickadee will still be brave enough to come to your hand after being banded!  We've been hand-feeding one chickadee here for, I think, four years now which makes her a pretty old chickadee.  If only she was banded.

They definitely do! This one was travelling with 6 other chickadees who all of which were banded and fighting over the ‘nothing’ in our hands. I would have tried to get pictures of the whole band, but was near impossible to track one individual. I was able to last year at this location, for a 2 year old chickadee. Looking back I wonder if this is that same chickadee as the 7 is in the same place.  Might have to review to see if I can see any more numbers.

Though, this is a very popular spot and many many people feed the chickadees so they are far more friendly than your average chickadee. Banding also occurs at this location so it’s fairly safe to assume that these were all banded here when they were already quite tame. 

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well you cant have every thing in life, for example the first photo is framed better, however the face is slightly out of focus, while I much prefer the second photo's pose (and it's in focus) but unfortunately it's in the dead center IMG_0239.thumb.JPG.c0ee9af8599288b10a4256a4dce3f215.JPGIMG_0238.thumb.JPG.af8cc5d040b4a15e0b0a5a4434d6fccd.JPG

What makes it OK in your scenario is that the bird is loosely cropped compared to the other picture I was talking about. You gave the bird some "room." It you would have wanted to crop it closely, you would want to use the rule of thirds.

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11 hours ago, Jefferson Shank said:

Don't take me wrong! @IKLland I just used this picture as an example.

To all to whom this may apply (including me)...  For example, this is a good shot! But the framing detracts from the quality of the picture. A common pitfall among beginner photographers is to always put the bird in the exact center of the image. It’s an understandable impulse, but one that results in all of the photos looking the same. Instead, experiment with the rule of thirds and place the bird along an invisible line a third of the way from the edge of the image.

Here are a few articles that explain further; https://www.audubon.org/news/how-compose-perfect-bird-photo https://www.photographytalk.com/beginner-photography-tips/composition-tips-for-beginner-bird-photographers

And yet be creative! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOt2w5Wnk94

I am also a beginner photographer and I struggle with getting the bird framed right. Marie Read's book on Mastering Bird Photography is a book I would highly recommend for bird photographers and is where I learned a lot.

Thank you for advice. I’m very new to bird photography and help is appreciated.

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11 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

It's called art.  Most would agree that a "good" photo is a piece of art, and certain compositions, such as when the bird is off to the side of the frame, are more pleasing to the eye than others.  You can do whatever you want with your photos, but if you feel your photos need some improvement, Jefferson gave some good tips.

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11 hours ago, Jefferson Shank said:

It gives the photo a more pleasing, balanced composition that catches the eye of the viewer. A tightly framing picture with the bird in the center gives a boring bullseye look. But that also depends on the angle and position of the bird. 

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This is Ozzie (or maybe Harriet) who lived in the trees down the street.  I thought they moved out when some eagles took up residence in the same trees.  But the eagles moved on and now the owls are back.  I heard them hooting from the back yard the other day so I decided to take another look.  

Ozzie 1 (1 of 1)

 

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13 hours ago, gargvarun041 said:

Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!
 

@gargvarun041welcome to whatbird!!!!!!! If you ever want to share anything in the photo sharing and discussion forum(which is this) or ever need help identifying a bird post in the ID help forum. If you are in North America use that it outside you that. Enjoy the site!!!

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Regarding the "art" of birding, or at least photography, imo, if you're into that, go for it, but some folks just like the birds. I have read about photography and am familiar with the rule of thirds, but ultimately it's about seeing and taking pictures of birds for me.

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