05 Photograph birds in flight
Understanding the habits and habitats of the bird you are photographing is key to getting a successful shot. “To capture this kingfisher fishing, I set up a hide with fellow photographer Mark Hancox,” says wildlife photographer Danny Green.
“We already knew there were kingfishers nesting in these banks next to the stream because there was a steady flow of fish, and we had been observing the spot for a while.”
Animals are creatures of habit, so once you’re familiar with how they behave you can set up your camera. From observing this kingfisher Danny saw that there was one spot in the stream where the bird would come to fish.
“I set up my camera a few inches above the flow of water in a sturdy spot,” he says. “I then manually focused the lens to where I guessed the bird was going to be.”
Danny and Mark then hid in the hide. “I used a remote control and natural light to take the shot,” says Danny. “To give me the best chance of capturing the kingfisher I set my camera to fire off a sequence of images in its continuous burst mode. You need a lot of patience and dedication to get a shot like this.”
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* Pack your tripod, long lens and a remote shutter release.
* Set the camera to its continuous burst mode to fire off a sequence of images.
* Set the shutter speed to a fast setting of around 1/3000 sec and keep the aperture between f/8 and f/4 so the background is blurred and doesn’t distract from the main foreground action.
* If you’re interested in bird and wildlife photography, check out Danny Green’s courses.
PAGE 1: Shoot a seasonal still life
PAGE 2: Shoot a high-key portrait
PAGE 3: Shoot a pool-side portrait
PAGE 4: Shoot a late-summer sunset
PAGE 5: Shoot birds in flight
PAGE 6: Shoot a seascape at dusk
PAGE 7: Shoot moving water
PAGE 8: Shoot at sunrise
PAGE 9: Shoot from a boat