There has been a large number of the smaller locals hanging around the scrub trees that line this dike. There are plenty of small berries and seeds, places to hide, and space to flee.
During the best of times I have no patience to hold up a long lens waiting for that moment with no sticks and twigs in a shot. Now, carrying a shorter lens I don’t even try unless the shot is right there.
Ellen, PassingByPhoto.com gets these images fairly often. And, she uses a Canon 100-400 only. One of the best lens ever, but I still don’t know how she gets so many.
These were taken with a Tamron 18-400, not one of the best quality lens around. In fairness it did get these with less than good light.