Yesterday afternoon my son had a appointment in a little office park with two lakes surrounding the complex. I decided to walk around the complex to see what I could find. I didn't find anything unusual, but I did find a tree with two Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers and a Northern Parula actively feeding. They seemed unconcerned with me. Some times the Gnatcatchers would fly within feet of my head to catch bugs and then return to the tree. I got some of my favorite pictures of the gnatcatchers all within a span of about 15 minutes. I got photos of the parula too, but I'll save them for a later post.
These photos were taken in a mostly shaded tree, so my shutter speeds were quite slow, ranging from 1/80sec to 1/320sec or so. With a 400mm lens non image stabilized lens and a moving subject, this means there's a high degree of likelihood that my photos will not be sharp. A tripod can't help much here, since they can't stop the gnatcatchers from dancing around the trees. So the only solution, especially with my equipment, is to take lots of pictures.