Birds are never easy to photograph well because they are always on the move. For some reason as soon as they see the camera lifted they flit off in the opposite direction. Someone needs to educate the bird population to understand that the camera will not harm them and they should just pose and look beautiful for it.
This next image was shot at Staglands Wildlife Reserve in Akatawara, Upper Hutt. They have a feeding station for the waxeyes (and any other bird that chooses to feed there) and there are literally dozens of birds flocking to feed from it. Right up until the cameras are pulled out of course!
This one (below-I think its a canary) was captured in the walk through aviary. If you are lucky when you go through there, there hasn’t been a bunch of children through before you scaring all the birds into hiding.