How I wish that I had my present camera (with its 30X zoom) when I toured the Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve early last year! If I had, there would have been far more close-up shots among the bird photos I took while there!!
This being said, I'm glad that I managed to spot as many avian creatures while there with my naked eye and take as many bird photographs (with my old -- and actually pretty trusty for 5 years -- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2) on my visit. (On the other hand, I rue my not having been quick enough to get a shot of the mongoose that I also spotted at Mai Po!) And, indeed, I did end up taking so many photos that afternoon that it was quite difficult to decide which to (not) use for this week's entry for Sandi's Photo Hunt.
In the end, I opted for a photo featuring a cute bird on a wire, another of birds in flight (with the top part of a solitary tree also being in the picture), and a photo with lots of trees -- thus fulfilling the requirements of Gattina's chosen Photo Hunt theme for this week.-- atop which can be seen lots of birds.
To confirm that those specks are indeed birds (rather than, say, leaves), check out the enlarged version of the photo by clicking on it. Another way to tell that those are indeed birds is by noting how many of the trees' branches and trunks are colored white...by the bird excrement that stuck and accumulated on them over the time that those migratory creatures decided to make their area of Mai Po their home for the winter! ;D