Superzoom Songbird Portraits
We know that many folks prefer bird photos which include their natural surroundings and environments in the composition, and we do love these kinds of shots too of course. But we often can’t resist also shooting extreme closeup portraits of our birds, which let us see their beauty in a way that just can’t be experienced with the unaided eye. Even with the extraordinary focal lengths offered by compact superzoom cameras, they can still focus at significantly shorter distances than DSLR telephoto lenses which have less reach, and the larger depth of field of the superzoom also often allows the whole bird to remain in focus even when shooting at very close range. Of course the image quality of our small cameras is usually better at close range as well, so we have a lot of incentives to shoot this way when we can.
While we do shoot primarily songbirds and mostly in our own backyard, some may notice that a couple of the subjects in this slideshow are not really songbirds. You can see all of these and a variety of other wildlife at higher resolutions in our Smugmug Galleries:
We hope that some of our readers will enjoy these images as much as we do.