I had several recommendations on where to go to photograph birds, and I intend on hitting each of those spots, but for my initial foray, I decided to revisit a place I am familiar with - East Point Park. There's something to be said for returning to known places; it challenges your creative eye to find new, unique compositions, while also giving you a comfort level. As I had the new lens to work with, I thought being in a place I knew would allow me to focus more on what new things I could see. There is a growing wetland there - thanks to a very industrious beaver, and I hoped to see cardinals, ducks, geese and red winged blackbirds. I KNEW I would see chickadees, no hope necessary.
Note: I'm shooting with the EM5 Mark III and despite the size/weight differences, I thought the balance was pretty good, all things considered. It will take me awhile to get used to cradling that lens while I shoot. For the most part, I kept the ISO at 200.
I started with the wetland and was excited to see ducks on the water. As I approached though, they disappeared amongst the reeds. I fell victim to my own bad habit - trying to get too close. Ironically, I didn’t need to with the new lens.