Eric, that out of focus branch really hurts the overall effectiveness of the picture. It's very distracting. My eyes just keep on trying to focus on it and not the bird. I know it can be a pain in the butt at times to deal with brush, twigs, leaves, etc.
Thanks for the comments. I realized those branches were in the way when I reviewed the image on the camera. I tried to move a little bit to the right to get him again and must have spooked him because he took off. So I got what I got.
Absolutely. I have taken so many same shots just because he's their and I couldn't get the shot any other way. Those darn branches always seem to get us. Tried taking them out but it just doesn't seem to work to our perfection enough that we like the photo afterwards.