Sometimes you do not have to venture far to capture beautiful images with your telephoto lens. In the case of two of the images in this Blog the birds were captured in my backyard. The first image of the common tern in flight was circling around near our back yard and I had sufficient time to rush inside and get the 300mm lens, as I was rushing I did not have time to get a tripod or monopod, so the shot was taken hand held at a reasonably high shutter speed to get a sharp image. if you keep reasonably alert there is always a possibility to get a shot nearby.
The second shot of the butcher bird has been captured at Minnie Water, Yuraygir National Park in New South Wales. Here I used a monopod to help capture the image. This butcher bird was foraging around the ground looking for food and I was able to slowly advance close enough to him to get him large enough in the frame. In capturing birds I always like to get some of the birds surroundings in the frame to give some perspective to the image. Generally National Parks are an excellent place to go in search of different varieties of bird life.
The last image in the Blog is from our backyard. It is an excellent idea to keep a variety of native plants which are attractive to birds in your yard as an incentive to encourage them to come on a regular basis. So try to encourage the birds to come near to you and keep your camera and long lens handy at all times.
Below I have given some indication of typical equipment I use for my photography as it is sometimes of interest to see what is in other photographers bags.