Female dark-eyed junco perched on vine maple branch, Snohomish, Washington, USA
Female dark-eyed junco, Washington
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I have been having fun this winter shooting backyard songbirds from my new photo blind.  The pop-up photo blind sets up in less than 2 minutes and allows me to get within 10 feet of the birds as they feed from a suet feeder or perch on nearby branches.  Waterproof construction means I can leave it up and use it for a few days in rainy weather.

With their quick motions jumping around between branches, only about 2% of my photos come out with sharp eyes using the animal eye-tracking feature on the Sony a6600 camera.  This is further challenged by dim lighting conditions on Washington state’s rainy winter mornings.

Update:  See my comprehensive how-to guide on backyard songbird photography.

Photo Blind:  Tragopan Grouse Photo Blind V+
Camera:  Sony a6600
Lens:  Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3
Noise Removal:  Topaz DeNoise AI

Song sparrow perched on branches of gold rider leyland cypress tree, Snohomish, Washington, USA
Song sparrow perched on gold rider leyland cypress, Washington
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Chestnut-backed chickadee on suet feeder, Snohomish, Washington, USA
Chestnut-backed chickadee on suet feeder, Washington
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Male dark-eyed junco perched on vine maple branch, Snohomish, Washington, USA
Male dark-eyed junco, Washington
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