It's not the first time he or his lookalike have sat on the fence, and between Christi and I, we've taken photos through the screened porch. But this time I ventured through the door to take these.
When I photograph wildlife, and birds in particular, I adopt the shoot first, shoot often philosophy. I do this because you never know when they're just going to literally take off!
So, before I stepped through the door, I set the camera at 1/640 on Shutter Priority which allowed f6.3 at ISO 400 and Auto White Balance. My 70-300mm lens already set at 300mm. This is something I ALWAYS take care of before getting to my shooting position, because by then it's too late to work out my settings.
Having set foot outside, I kept the camera raised and shot a frame every few feet as I slowly got closer. That way I was guaranteed a few photos before the inevitable happened.
I was disappointed that I didn't get a better flight shot, but I think this is funny! It does show that setting the camera at such a high shutter speed to freeze the motion works though....even though the majority of the photos I took he was sitting still on the fence, the reason I chose the high shutter speed in the first place was with the expectation of catching an in-flight photo. Mr Cooper was faster than me though!
Now, if I were more diligent, and had a better line of approach, I could have kept the pink post out of the background, too. Easy to Photoshop out though if needs arise!