Having just picked up some new birding-related rain gear and since i also own a decent set of rain covers for camera and lens thought, why not?
Maplewood it was and i didn't get much further along than the hummingbirds and that's just fine, got a couple of interesting looks, the rain got crazy as i was chatting with another regular birder there and we both called it then.
got some shots and the new rain jacket and pants worked well too. :)
As long as you don't wreck your equipment by getting it too wet (always cover your stuff), shooting in the rain can be a rewarding experience.
we always seem to be planning birding trips during rainy seasons so it's best to feel comfortable in those conditions, when shooting. :)
ISO 800, f/5.6, 500mm + 1.4x tele.