These Redpolls are everywhere right now, and they are fearless. In fact, they start landing and feeding on our feeder before I can even get it hung back up!
The sun was just coming up directly behind the Redpoll. I added a flash at about a 45 degree angle to the left of the bird. I think using flash not only fills in the shadows, but can really help in bring out the colors in a subject like this. I also prefer having the flash off of the camera if possilbe. On camera flash is better then no flash, but it tends to be a bit of a flat light in my opinion.
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