This robin picture was not just a point and shoot photo, it took over a week of preparation to get it. It involved a dummy tripod with a fake camera to get the birds acclimated to it. I set it up over 50 feet away from the nest on the first day then moved it a little closer each day till it was in the right position for the real camera. When I was ready to take photos I replaced the dummy tripod with the real camera and took my photos from about 35 feet away with a remote cord attached to the auto-winder. I was hidden in the bushes watching the nest with binoculars.
If things continue like they are this winter, this photo is a sight we won't see until July. There's another big storm coming this weekend, that should bring us to over 10 feet for the season so far and March can be a snowy month too. It's going to take forever to melt all of that, I guess we can look at the bright side, we'll be cross country skiing until June.