Today I decided to shoot thornbills in the afternoon to get different light on them. In the morning, when they fly from the Y-shaped twig to the higher twig on the right, their faces are in shadow. By visiting the beach this afternoon, I was assured of western light on their faces and the all-important catchlight in the eye.
I spent 100 minutes at the site and the birds made 18 visitations to feed young. I learned something new; they don't pause on the Y-shaped twig as regularly. I had five chances to get shots like this one and I fluffed two of them due to operator error. I'm used to it.
Never mind, I came away with some beautiful flight studies of these plain and diminutive birds. The young must be getting close to fledging now; they're vocal when the parents land on the twigs, sending vibrations to the nest. I'm going on a trip tomorrow and this was my last chance to photograph them. The young will have flown by the time I return.
In Lightroom I have desaturated the blue sky/sea background. I feel that the understated colours of the bird play better on a neutral background.