He's an immature male and he's been hanging around the feeders for several days now. He should be long gone to warmer places - 'cept the low tonight was only +4C, so maybe he thinks spring's coming. He'll find out differently in a day or so.
But photographing them can be challenging. They like to hide in the shady spots, but a bit of fill-in flash can brighten your photos, provide crispness to the feathers and an all-important "catch light" in the eye. That little detail will bring a bird portrait to life. Actually, any portrait of a living animal, including people.
If you can figure out how to make a flash unit work with your camera in full daylight, you're in business. There are several ways to do this, depending on your flash unit itself and the synchronization system of your camera. If there is enough interest in a how-to-do-it post, I'll do a lesson on the various ways and the various supplemental hardware that may be necessary.
The above photo was made in my garden with a 300mm telephoto lens and a small auxilliary speedlight on a bracket.
My main camera is a Nikon D700. I love it. Especially the auto focus feature. Most of the time.
One problem. It has three settings; manual, continuous and single.
I like to use the single setting. That way I can focus on an object, hold the shutter release button halfway down, recompose, and know that the important subject will be sharp in the final image.
But it’s easy - real easy - to accidentally move the selector lever to continuous. Which mens that the autofocu is working whenever the shutter release button is pressed. Thus, when I think the prime subject is sharp, it may well not be. Case in point below.
Lesson learned; check ALL those little switches and levers all the time.