Zac and I went for a nice long hike in the community forest two days ago. The redwoods don't make it easy to take bird photographs for two main reasons: it's really dark in the forest and it's not very easy to see the birds. I usually don't even take the 500 mm with me for these reasons. But, I haven't gotten any good bird photos for a couple weeks so I figured I'd give it a go. Glad I brought it because there was a varied thrush pair being extremely cooperative. Bird Photography Weekly
The male was perched nicely and I was able to get a full frame shot of him, nice! The female was foraging on the ground after the male flew off. She hung around for a couple photos while the male was singing sweetly to her some meters away. So that was cool.
As for other birds, there was an opening at a couple points on the trail at higher elevations. The lower vegetation and flowers attracted a few Allen's and Rufous Hummingbirds, so we hung out and watched them put on some very enthusiastic displays for their prospective females. I had the settings wrong (dammit!) otherwise I would have had a pretty nice flight shot of one of them. Grrr. There were also lots of winter wrens singing their hearts out. We made it into a 3-4 hour hike...good stuff! Camera Critters