There are price winning bird photographers here at DT with real masterpiece pics.
One of my favorite is:
But how to make photos of birds when you neither have the equipment (an extra big zoom or tele) nor the knowledge?
The answer is quite simple: Start with the big birds!
My biggest one is:
By the way: This pic is the joke part of my blog ... (:-
Lets look to real birds:
For that ostrich portrait I used my 50mm glas with an additional closeup lens nearly breaking the boundary fence when I bend forward to get closer. Fortunately the farmer didn't see me.
The next criteria is: Pure luck!
I had this luck on a boat trip near Istanbul, Turkey. Some seagulls were flying around the ship. With my left eye I looked through my camera, with my right eye I looked over the camera with just one thought: Get closer, got closer!
And three of them got close enough for my 50mm lens. There was only a short fraction of time
to make this photo:
Of course, this is only a starting point. Hopefully I will become more professional with bird photos.