Canon EOS 1D MkIV, 500mm USM F4L IS lens, 2X Mk III converter, Gitzo tripod
1/250 sec. @ F8, ISO 800.
As above, 1/800 sec. @ F8, ISO 800.
It's a similar situation with the Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus). I know these birds are common as muck, but plumage-wise, they are a smart bird, as are many of the world's pigeons. Here, one image has a similar colour background to the bird, and the other a contrasting one. Both work for me. The bird was attracted to a feeding station and was oblivious to my presence in the car, even when I moved it a few yards to get the different background.
Canon EOS 1D Mk III, 500mm USM F4L IS lens, car, beanbag
1/350 sec. @ F5.6, ISO 800.
As above, 1/1000 sec. @ F5.6, ISO 800.
I suppose the message is - "Look beyond the bird".