04 Apr 6 Ingredients for Bird Photography | April 2017
6 Ingredients That Make Bird Photography Successful
If you want to take photos of birds, you need these 6 ingredients.
In order of importance, they are:
Obviously, you need birds. So you will need to go to places where you can find birds.
Each bird depends upon a specific type of habitat for its survival. So the key to finding birds is knowing where they live.
For example, you will need bright sun to take photos of flying birds. Then you might want overcast days to take photos of perched hummingbirds.
Okay, I’ll admit that you can take photos of birds in almost any type of weather (although blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes present challenges).
Even with perfect birds and perfect light, you will have to wait. This happens because birds don’t wear watches. So they often miss appointments.
As a result, you wait. Then you wait. And you wait some more. Eventually, you decide to leave that spot so you can wait somewhere else.
Certainly, your mental well-being matters, especially after waiting for hours without taking a photo. So you must find something positive in every experience, such as feeling delight that you were able to practice focusing your camera on a branch. After an hour (or two), you may become quite skilled at this.
Let’s recognize that a bird’s appearance is a random event that wasn’t supposed to happen. So if a bird, like the Black-throated Sparrow shown above, hops on a rock, that’s luck. Neither you nor the bird woke up planning that.
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Help Birds Tip
Avoid Easter Grass
Please find an alternative to plastic Easter Grass. For example, use crumpled tissue paper or a piece of cloth.
Sadly, birds use Easter Grass to build nests. And then the bird becomes trapped in its nest.
The American Bird Conservancy works to protect birds so that you can take photos of them. Please visit their web site for valuable info on what they do. See: American Bird Conservancy
Then check their book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation