At last, some pictures of the American Woodcock on his singing ground
I had been trekking down to the woodcock's display stage in a nearby clearing almost every evening hoping to get a picture while the light was still adequate, thus giving me a window of about 7 minutes. I was lucky last night as he landed just a few feet from me....
......but then walked away rapidly and stopped about 6 feet off where he began turning slowly sending his peents in every direction.
I used an ISO setting of 3200 and an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/5.6 for the first picture with flash. The subsequent pictures where taken at 1/5 - 1/13 sec. without flash. I am surprised I didn't get more movement artifact for which I credit the image stabilization provided by my lens.