Near my house there is a overflow pond full of reeds. A few weeks ago hundreds of small birds were there (starlings, I suspect). I did not get out in time to try and photograph them, as they wheeled in the sky then settled in the reeds to chitter and chirp. When I did go out last week there was one, solitary bird: a breeding male, red-winged blackbird. It was dusk and I was shooting with the Nikkor 200-500 f5.6. It is an excellent lens, but the light was low and I am not experienced at shooting birds in flight. Still, here are a few shots. I hope through the summer to work harder to learn the technique as the equipment is excellent, it is the photographer who is lacking in skill.
Better day, better weather, better light. Here are a few shots that turned out fairly well.