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Some useful tips for photographing small birds
One of the toughest challenges in bird photography is obtaining quality images of small birds such as sparrows, robins warblers, chickadees, wrens and hummingbirds. With a little practice and following a few tips, one can take reasonably good pictures of small birds.

Since birds sit for while and then fly off, learning the controls and settings on the camera will save precious seconds and pay off. While the bird is darting through the trees, or fence or the wall, the quickness in switching modes will often ensure correct exposure and ability to focus.

Before taking the picures, observe the surroundings and the activities of the small birds around you. Adjust your position and camera settings to prepare yourself to take at least three quick clicks without any camera shake.

At times, it is good to use a natural cover to conceal yourself whenever possible remaining quiet and motionless. Else, create a controlled habitat in a small area with a feeding station to attract birds.

If you can afford, visit nearby zoos and aviaries to get very close to the birds since they are accustomed to people. Here you can experiment with different combinations, exposure, and composition.

In a zoo, while shooting small birds, adjust the camera to one additional F-stop to have a shallow depth of field to blur the surroundings and the bird to stand out.

The inset picture of a small bird taken by Kanika Karla of Dehradun has created a shallow depth of field to highlight the bird and flowers and blur the background.

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