Everything was coming out blurred no matter what I tried. Okay, 20 shots and I'm getting frustrated. I didn't want to use the flash and frighten it but I'm running out of options. I use the flash and it worked.
Just as I expected the flash caused the bird to take flight but it didn't do what I expected. Instead of flying away, it came right to me! It landed on the sign two feet from where I was standing. It was curious!
With it being so close (I could have reached out to touch it), I didn't want to use the flash repetitively and blind it but shot, after shot, after shot I was not having any luck. Everything was blurred and out of focus even when I tried macro because I was so close. I'm so excited about being this close and getting increasingly frustrated because this once in a lifetime opportunity is slipping away. By now I should have had 40 magnificent close-up shots. I can take a perfect shot of a flower this close but not a bird!?
As you can see, I did get some good shots but compared to the number of shots I took I'm disappointed. It finally got bored and flew away. I know it's me but sometimes I swear this camera gets a mind of it's own and is determined to mess up on me when I need it most. I'm still on a learning curve and will be so glad when this is second nature to me and I don't think, I just do.
What is most beautiful about this bird is, if you notice the red on it's wing, when it's wings are spread, the underside of its wings are all red. It spread its wings at one point and I got the picture... it didn't come out. Urrrggghhh!!! Maybe the next time something this wonderful happens the camera and I will be more in tune with each other. Still, I'm glad I got the shots I did.
As it flew off I said "thank you!" and looked up and saw someone smiling down at me.