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Birding with the Canon Powershot SX40 HS

Updated on November 27, 2012

Taking Bird Photos with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS may be the best point & shoot camera for birding. It has 35x optical zoom and 140x digital zoom. I am new to birding and have been amazed at the birds I can photograph in my own backyard.

This page features pictures I took with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS camera. I don't use a tripod. The camera has image stabilization which compensates for my shakiness. When using the super zoom, I do try to lean up against something to steady myself, and I do usually look through the viewfinder because I can stay stiller that way.

I hope you enjoy these pictures.

House Finch - Backyard Birding Photo with Canon Powershot SX40 HS

Pine Grosbeak Photo with Canon Powershot SX40 HS
Pine Grosbeak Photo with Canon Powershot SX40 HS

Steller's Jay - With Minor Retouching in Photoshop

Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay

Eagle Pictures from Nest About 400 Feet Away - I can hardly see the nest with my naked eye!

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Parent American Bald EagleThis picture is to show how far away the eagle nest is.  No zoom used on this photo.Baby American Bald Eagle in NestParent American Bald EagleBaby Eagle Learning to FlyEvening picture of the American Bald EagletThe lighting was perfect!
Parent American Bald Eagle
Parent American Bald Eagle
This picture is to show how far away the eagle nest is.  No zoom used on this photo.
This picture is to show how far away the eagle nest is. No zoom used on this photo.
Baby American Bald Eagle in Nest
Baby American Bald Eagle in Nest
Parent American Bald Eagle
Parent American Bald Eagle
Baby Eagle Learning to Fly
Baby Eagle Learning to Fly
Evening picture of the American Bald Eaglet
Evening picture of the American Bald Eaglet
The lighting was perfect!
The lighting was perfect!

The Canon Powershot SX40 HS also Films HD Video - Record bird behavior with it!

Birds move around very fast... How do you take the photo at just the right moment? - I use this setting:

PowerShot SX40 HS Continuous Shooting Mode
PowerShot SX40 HS Continuous Shooting Mode

I use continuous shooting mode, which takes pictures continuously while I hold down the shutter button. This means that I can take dozens of pictures and increases the likelihood that I will capture the perfect moment. This mode is explained in the user manual on page 83. You can download the user guide here (PDF)

Any Questions or Comments? - I will try to help if I can.

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      l-may 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Have you tried pressing the shutter down halfway? On my SX40, pressing the shutter button halfway causes the viewfinder to show me if the photo will be too dark or too light for my settings. It's true that it doesn't change when you adjust the setting... You only get to see the simulated exposure when you press the shutter button halfway.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I just purchased the SX40 and was disappointed because of the lack of a feature that I enjoy on my Sony R1. In Shutter Priority mode (TV mode on the SX40), and while looking through the viewfinder, I can adjust the shutter speed and observe the changes in the picture to get just the right amount of illumination BEFORE I take the shot. However on the SX40, I found that what I see in the viewfinder is not what the camera sees; this was evident when the picture looked just fine in the viewfinder but when I took the shot and previewed it, it was so dark you could hardly make out the bird that I was photographing. Has anyone out there noticed this ?? What is the point of the viewfinder if it does not accurately depict what the camera lens sees ?

    • l-may profile imageAUTHOR

      l-may 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the tip! I love birds, but a bit of a novice on identification :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great pictures, just a note, that's a House Finch not a Pine Grosbeak.

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Sounds like a good value!

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      Graeme 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful shots! Hard to believe you captured those bald eagles from so far away.

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