Birds in Trees
Photographing birds in trees nearly always presents a variety of extra challenges. There’s focusing of course, with the camera often struggling to lock onto your intended target instead of any number of other foreground and background elements nearby in the frame. There’s lighting, with frequent shadows and hotspots which can make exposures tricky at times. There’s distance, as at least in our case most of the potential tree perches are further up and away than the staged ones we have placed around our feeders and near the deck. And in very many cases there are obstacles to that “in the clear” shot which lets us capture the whole bird…
But we just say, “sometimes there’s a twig”… and take the shot anyway.