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About Ozzydog

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  1. Shooting thru glass - try not to. Put on your heavy clothes and be on the deck. There are even gloves designed for photographers.
  2. Shooting at a distance at a small fast-moving bird is a fool's errand. Especially with small telephoto lens. Flying birds - look for big ones. Start by shooting the bird sitting quietly of a branch. Joining a camera club is GREAT advice. Mine is uppermerioncamera.org
  3. Practicing is great. But being prepared for what you are going to shoot is also important. The camera settings for a bird sitting still (large or small?) in good light is way different from shooting large birds in flight. My experience with photography while away on a cruise is that I rarely encounter subjects that warrant great photography skills.
  4. By the way - lessons I've learned the hard way. Always carry two cameras and two lenses. I've had both fail while on a trip. On my last trip (Caribbean) I decided to buy and take a small mirrorless Sony camera (it's so much lighter to walk around with). I got careless in Saint Martin and the camera was stolen. I hadn't followed my own advice to ALWAYS carry two cameras. So, I not only lost the camera and the images on the memory card but I had nothing to take pictures with for the balance of the trip.
  5. One of the responders gave you the advice that pre-focusing (in Auto mode) on the feeder (and switching to manual mode) is what I do for Hummers. I shoot in S mode - for Hummers about 1/3000th/sec. Many shots will be out of focus but some will be fine. Also Burst mode 10 frames/sec. Usually, I'm on my tripod with a cable release.
  6. Your Tamron should give you enough zoom for most things. Cropping - I would reserve that for in computer not in camera.
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