Real bird photography

This has been a week of puppies rather than birds so if I’m going to keep to my promise of a new post every Friday I need to share something I had partly prepared earlier – unfortunately it’s not a delicious meal with all the trimmings as I’m pretty hungry at the moment!

I had an idea to put together a triptych that shows the truth about bird photography. A club judge saw it recently and he didn’t get it at all, which makes me wonder if it’s only funny to me.


White-naped Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Canon 5D Mk III, 100-400mm L IS USM, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 800, focal length 400mm


White-naped Honeyeaters are delightful little birds with olive-green backs, black heads with a white nape and a bright crescent above a brown eye. They can be found in forests and woodlands in southern Western Australia, and from eastern South Australia to northern Queensland. They eat nectar and insects and generally forage high in the canopy so it’s always special to get a good look at them.




 White-naped Honeyeater – preparing for take-off
Canon 5D Mk III, 100-400mm L IS USM, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 800, focal length 400mm


I often get images of this end of little birds! They move crazily quickly. I like the detail of its fluffy tail feathers as it prepares to leave the scene.



White-naped Honeyeater’s perch – hmm, I probably didn’t need to add this image, but I have had a lot of sleepless nights recently so please forgive me
Canon 5D Mk III, 100-400mm L IS USM, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 800, focal length 400mm


Images of their empty perches aren’t too rare either. A while ago I created a post called Blurs, bottoms and blinks, it’s another post that made me smile, you might enjoy seeing it if you haven’t already.


Bird Photography
White-naped Honeyeater triptych – Real Bird Photography
Canon 5D Mk III, 100-400mm L IS USM


I thought these three images were perfect to tell the true story of bird photography; hopefully this triptych hasn’t left my lovely readers as baffled as it left the judge.

Happy birding, Kim



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11 comments to Real bird photography

  • Lanno kidhead

    Yes funny!!

  • Me too Kim. You don’t suppose that this little fellow knew his picture was being taken when he turned tail. Rather made me think of my sister who always hated having her picture taken in her younger years, she would turn her back on you too. Anyway , he sure is a sweet little fellow wonderful talent you have in getting these photo’s Kim.

  • I love these images, they remind me of my photos.. The birds are quick movers.. I can not count how many empty branch photos I end up with, LOL! Beautiful bird and great shots! Happy Weekend!

  • Carole King

    The judge has no sense of humour, Kim….luckily we all do.
    Cute story….love his fluffy little feathers.

  • Alyssa

    I love this – it makes perfect sense! I love it’s fluffy haunches 🙂

  • great shots, where do you photograph these and how to get so close with the full frame? Personally Id rather use my 5DIII over my other two cameras but sometimes the reach is needed for the areas I go to, I got myself a metre or so of army camouflage netting but so far have not used it for fear of looking like a pillock 🙂

  • Lyn young

    No problems with your sense of humor Kim. This is a delightful Tryptich that has such a clear message “Catch me quick before I’m gone”.
    Such a cute little critter giving you the ‘bird’ hehehe

  • I totally get it, Kim! Many times, one frame is all you get because birds move so fast. You have to shoot birds on a regular basis to understand your triptych. I like it.

  • Not baffled, but smiling broadly. The little birds often make greased lightening look slow, and predictable. And I have a big weakness for their fluffy butts.
    I think the judge needs to take less ‘serious’ pills with his breakfast.

  • Tamsin

    I think the bum photo is awesome! Lol so ruffled and cute!

  • Perfect 🙂 pictures SHOULD tell a story, and that tells a nice one. Made me smile.

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