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    Getting it "right" in camera has definite advantages and huge crops often degrade image quality.

    I use cropping for creating a more pleasing composition and I suspect this is a very common practice but if it degrades the quality much I will either not crop it or delete it entirely.

    With bird photography my goals are to get a good pose, good background as well as properly exposed and very sharp image in camera.

    Extreme cropping is not an issue for most of my bird pictures because with my set up I have complete control of my distance to subject so I will not require a large crop.

    In the field this is not always possible and in this situation it may be beneficial to have more megapixels or a longer lens or both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    In the field this is not always possible and in this situation it may be beneficial to have more megapixels or a longer lens or both!
    Absolutely, if I had the means I be using a 800mm L and 1200mm L with a 1DX III and a high resolution FF. Maybe even a high res 1.6 for nutty reach. Probably Mirrorless because of the killer EVF for manual focusing with really dark apertures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    Extreme cropping is not an issue for most of my bird pictures because with my set up I have complete control of my distance to subject so I will not require a large crop.
    Actually Joel, I have been admiring even what I consider to be subtleties of your set up. For example, I have a longish stick mounted to the vertical rod of the bird feeder. My issue, I never know what part of the stick they are going to land on. Probably 70% of the time when they do land on it, I do not even get a shot off as I by the time I recompose slightly, they've already jumped to my feeder. Also, I am impressed by how many birds notice my even slight movements. The female cardinal in particular does not like it.

    But, your current set up, a nice point. Subtle, but I am already thinking of how to incorporate it into my set up.

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    I run into the same issue, especially with horizontal perches, where it can be hard to predict where birds will land.

    Additionally they often immediately jump to the feeder or to the ground leaving no time to move the camera and get a shot.

    One technique that works for horizontal perches.... use a limb with lots of small branches and trim a few to create a space for perching where you want it.

    Vertical perches are a bit more predictable as birds like to land at the top but the woodpeckers often land lower, scurry quickly to the top and then jump to the feeder. Also the woodpeckers often hide on the far side of the vertical perch and just peek out. Every so often one will perch in a good position and be still for a few moments. ( I use a couple of cheap plastic Christmas tree holders for my vertical perches )

    Leaning a vertical perch will encourage birds to land in a favorable position as well.

    You are correct about motion ... Cardinals here are also very sensitive to motion.

    Another trick (which I have not done for a while) is to drill a small hole and fill it with seed or suet .... birds will of course perch there to feed.

    I have about 4 acres of woodland and a small creek behind the house so there is an ample supply of perches laying on the ground close by.

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    Boy, we sure got derailed! First we
    were talking about high MP and then moved on to more fun things. Birding. Haha.

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    Guess we did stray a bit from the original thread .... too much fun to discuss gear and birds

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