Hope y'all like this pic.
No fancy equipment. Just a Canon PowerShot A650 IS. Was sitting about 45 feet from my feeder. Zoomed in at 6X to cover a pretty large area around the feeder. Used aperture priority at f4.8 (as open as it will go at 6X) in order to get the fastest possible shutter speed in real time. To further increase shutter speed, I underexposed the shot by 1 2/3 stops. At the time of this shot, Iím guessing the shutter speed was about 1200. Finally, I spot focused on the feeder and then waited for a bird to fly in. Took my eye off the camera and just looked at the feeder area. I saw the Carolina Chickadee approaching out of the corner of my eye and tried to time the shot as it came in for a landing. You never know what youíll get until you look at the images afterwards. It looks like this bird was banking and braking at the same time. I love the way the tail feathers are fanned out. Later I cropped out most of the picture to concentrate on the bird and eliminate all the manmade stuff.
I played around with this technique all day. This is the best shot by far. Is there a better way to take action shots like this given my equipment?