This morning at Central Winds Park I had a pretty good morning. I saw my first Blackburnian Warbler, but was unable to get a sharp image of it. A Bald Eagle was more cooperative; it flew not too far away from me, so I could photograph it. I also found a couple Yellow Warblers by the shore of Lake Jesup. The Yellow Warblers were somewhat uncooperative. They teased me from fairly high up in the trees, and they never came low enough for a very nice look. But they're such beautiful birds, I can't help but show the photos I was able to get.
My camera also disappointed me this morning. These photos were taken at ISO 400, and on my older 40D my photos probably would have been fine. But with the newer 50D, there's a fair amount of visible noise. I did a little work to minimize it in the leaves and sky, but I remain somewhat unimpressed with this camera's performance even at moderate ISOs. The higher resolution lets me put more pixels on the bird, but the higher noise minimizes (and sometimes negates) the benefit of doing so. Now I will say that at times I can get fairly good shots as high as ISO 1600 if the conditions are right (see my Ovenbird photos), but when the conditions are not (like shooting up high in a tree with a relatively bright blue sky and darker green leaves in the background), I am underwhelmed. At least the camera does capture wonderful images in good lighting conditions, and that's what's most important. I still think the 50D is an overall better camera than the 40D, but you just have to take special care in low light situations.