Birds are one of my favorite subjects. I’m not particularly picky about what birds I photograph as long as I’m happy with the final image. Because I’m not taking these photos for a competition or National Geographic, I don’t mind adding things to the images or removing stuff in post-processing if I think it will make the image better. In this image there was a dark pipe that splitting the red background, which I found really distracting, so I removed the pipe in Photoshop. It’s still not an award-winning photo, but it is a lot better with a clean background. At least I like it better this way.
For those of you who care about the technical side, this was shot with Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM, which has turned out to be a nice lens for the price, as long as you stay between 150-400mm and f/8-f/11. It you shoot it beyond 400 mm or wide open, it gets a little soft.