It was raining today and not a day for outside nature photography. Instead, I set up the camera in my home office in front of the sliding glass door, opened it up (it was 60 degrees), and photographed across the deck into the trees and captured digitally some of my bird “neighbors” as they came and went from our bird feeder. It was an amazingly active day at the feeder; there were Carolina Wrens (above image), Bluejays, Nuthatches, Titmouses, Chickadees, Cardinals, Bluebirds, American Goldfinches, House Finches, Morning Doves, Dark-eyed Junco, and a Downy Woodpecker.
I used this opportunity to break-in a new lens that is perfect for this type of photography. I also used my Nikon D700 and cranked up the ISO to 1000 and 1600 in order to get a quick shutter speed in the heavily overcast, rainy conditions. The filtered light from the overcast sky worked to my advantage by evenly lighting the birds. Below are some of the images. Click on them to see them in more detail.
House Finches above. Nuthatch below.
Morning Dove below.
And below is a Chickadee with a seed from the feeder in its beak.