I've always admired everyone's photos of birds on this site...Joel and Kelly, among others, have posted so many great ones.
Now that I have a telephoto lens, I'm getting a little braver about showing off my photos. I'm still not really happy with the clarity....it takes a lot of patience and a little luck to get those good clear shots.
I'm usually shooting spontaneously...without tripod or any set up...just grab my camera when I see a bird that needs shooting!
Here are a few I took last weekend on Sodus Bay...Herons, swans, ducks, geese and even Bald Eagles are around right now...and I finally found a Red Winged Blackbird sitting still.
And this male Swan was having none of the Heron getting so close to his mate's nest...chased him off with a dramatic "run" at him!