Nature Walks, December 16-17, 2018
Bird photography is hard. There’s a bit of a dance to it, at least how I practice it. I understand that most serious bird photographers use blinds and sit in one place, but who has that kind of time? Instead, I combine my photography needs with my exercise needs, and I hike out into wild spaces.
When I see a bird perched in a way that is conducive to a decent enough shot, I begin the slow process of approach. You can’t look right at the bird a lot of times, as they’re sensitive to your line of sight. And if you move too quickly, you read as a predator, and they fly away. If you move right, keep your eyes down, and push forward slowly, you may close distance enough that the crop won’t be too bad. You have to watch the bird during this to make sure they don’t move. And often, they do. And so the bird backs up, you get closer. Bird backs up, you reframe and get closer. It takes me an hour to get a handful of decent shots.
I’m thinking about googling up the location of public bird blinds in my area, honestly.