There's a robin in my yard that flies directly toward me, protecting it's nest. I've pointed my D7000 with 55-200mm lens at the bird when it's sitting on a limb, then pressed the shutter as the bird dives directly toward my camera. The lens won't focus as the bird is moving too quickly toward me. Is this an impossible shot or is there a technique or other lens that would make this shot possible? Thanks for your help.
I haven't tried the 3D mode. I used AF-C, but maybe the 3d mode will give better results, especially since the bird is flying directly toward my camera. Just for fun, I'll also try the Sports scene mode. This is actually a difficult shot because the bird is fairly close, then it travels very quickly towards me, and I only have about a second before it passes by me. It's also evening, so the light is relatively low. I'll try your suggestions and see what happens. I may just be asking too much of my equipment and ability, though. Thanks for your ideas.
I'm actually surprised at how formidable the bird's defense. The robin hasn't actually hit me, but it has come close. In another encounter, a blue jay hit me in the back of the head. They don't seem to bother anyone else so I'm thinking my camera makes them nervous. In any case, I'm going to see if I can figure out how to get a picture.
I think the problem is there's just not enough light. Maybe a faster lens would help, but that doesn't help me because I don't have a faster lens. I agree that I need a fast shutter speed to stop the motion, which also requires more light. I'm already at ISO 3200, and when I tried a flash it introduced a whole other set of problems. If I can get a bird to attack me on a sunny day, I'll see if I have better luck!