I won't lie. One of my best friends for photographing small birds is now Merlin Bird ID's photo identifier. http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/photo-id/ I use it extensively to identify a bird that I don't know by eye, which is a lot. I captured this using my own equipment, not rented equipment. I find that super high shutter speeds on sunny days are great combinations that even a Canon Rebel is capable of. I really liked the pose on this bird as it finished examining the empty feeder, peeking across to another one just mere seconds before flitting over to find food "over there".
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