Nebraska State bird is the Meadow Lark and we had a couple dozen of them in my flower beds and in front of the house one cold day last week. They were rooting around in the flower beds close to the brick of our house where the snow had melted and must have been finding insects or seeds then they would hop out into the lawn…back and forth they went for quite sometime. They were fascinating to watch and decided to snap photos of them from inside my house.
I put my zoom lens (55 - 250 mm I believe) and started snapping photos in the sports auto setting. They didn’t seem to mind me but I was real careful not to move much either. I also took some in manual settings so don’t know which one this was and have not taken the time to look up the settings on the photo . I am thinking manual as the grass in the snow is blurry behind the bird and I set the f-stop low so it would do that on some of my photos. By the way I was shooting the photos through my dirty windows – that could be some of the “smudgness” too. I didn’t do much to this photo in Photoshop Elements 11 but lighten the bird a bit as it was just a tad dark and give it a bit of sharpening. I have to laugh as I probably took 40 photos of the birds and liked only 3 or 4 so it is good that it was not film like in the “old days”.