apologies to the purists - this is (obviously) a set-up, but to be honest most of us do not have the time (or patience) to sit in a bush all day hoping that something 'wild' will wander / fly / hop / shuffle past.
for the newer or less experience togs -
BIG, relatively slow bird so taken with 'slow' camera (3 fps) - my cameras are both old so i have to decide whether i want speed or quality - those with newer incarnations can get both at the same time.
bright day so no need for a high ISO - 400 chosen knowing that this will show no more noise than 100 but deliver faster
mid-range aperture to ensure all of subject in focus whilst not slowing too much, and not so small that background begins to distract from subject
a little negative exposure compensation (- 2/3 EC) to protect against blowing light areas
single focus point on the left of viewfinder for framing, and AI servo to allow tracking
personally i now tend to bank a few of these easy shots before moving to more interesting settings - ie slower shutter (although still via aperure priority) to capture movement - here the 1/1250 freezes the subject but slower than 1/500 will show some life in the subject
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