Birds are difficult to photograph…
…as these suckers won’t stay still, especially if they know you are photographing them. They like to tease you and say “Look, here I am!”, then once you get your lens focused and ready to shoot, they either change positions, or fly to another branch. It’s very difficult to get a good quality clear photograph of birds and other wildlife. It takes a great deal of time and sometimes hundreds of photos to obtain just one decent shot.
You can’t chase the birds, they’ll just fly away from you, so you have to go to the habitat where you know they’ll come, sit (still) and wait for them to come to you. The best time to photograph a bird is in the morning or in the evening. These times are actually the best times to photograph anything outdoors, as the shadow’s aren’t as harsh. Cloudy days are always good also for outdoor shots, but for birds, the rule of thumb is still in the morning and early evening. They are most active during these times.
Other photos were photographed in mine and other’s back yards, and out and about. I do feed the birds when I can. Once they learn where the food is, it disappears in a day’s time. When I lived in Kentucky my yard drew cardinals, finches, doves, and a few others I have not yet identified. Here in my North Carolina yard, I’ve seen cardinals, and yellow birds I thought were finches, but I think they might be warblers. I’m still learning to identify them.
The squirrels come and steal the food, but they humor me the way they hang off the tree with their back legs and get into the feeder with their front paws. My large German Shepherd dog, Bella, always alerts me when they are there. I allow them eat a little, then send Bella out to run them off. I also had several huge black crows coming around, but Bella ran them off and they’ve stayed away. In Kentucky I had a lot of rabbits and no squirrels. Here it’s the opposite.
So yes, wildlife, especially birds, are difficult to photograph. None-the-less I still try and have managed to develop a birds portfolio despite their resistance!
Since I moved from Kentucky to North Carolina coast, I have a literal seabird playground to work with, and I can’t wait to show you more of these beautiful coastal birds. I still have quite a few to sort through to upload. I hope you enjoy this gallery and future additions.
Check out: Our Feathered Friends: Birds