I’ve been trying to get a clean shot of a Hermit Thrush for years, so when I happened upon this little dude yesterday I went full horse tamer on him. “Easy fella, whoa, that’s it… hold it riiiight there.” He immediately flew down the trail fifty feet and I had to catch back up to him and start all over again. This time I tried a new tactic though, begging. “Puh-huh-huh-LEEZE!!! It worked! He parked it right on a perfect perch and posed every which way until he was sure I had the shot. If I was any closer he wouldn’t have fit in the frame. So, if you’re having trouble with skittish birds, try bird begging. It works for me, maybe it’ll work for you too!