Stationary bird photo focus - Is this bad because of me or the gear?
Every year the cormorants come to Huntington Beach's Central Park to breed in the eucalyptus. Pretty fun, but walking underneath the trees is.....ill-advised. Don't look up.
I took this photo yesterday and tinkered a bit with it, but I'm really not happy with the focus. Trying to decide if that's a function of photographer ineptitude or constraints of the gear (Nikon D7000, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, tripod).
I'm standing on the little promontory with the sidewalk, shooting east at the trees. Google maps says it's about 200 feet (117 furlongs in metric ).
Here's a cropped photo and the uncropped, full-size photo is here.
Capture NX-D says the focus point is right on their heads and the feather pattern on mom is really nice, but the heads don't seem in focus.