There seem to be some themes emerging from all the shots I’ve taken of birds flying lately, namely an appreciation of the sleek aerodynamic shape they present in flight vs the somewhat awkward body posture when they try to land, especially on a slick surface.
Doesn’t this just beg for a 10 for form? Look how nicely those legs are tucked away. And here the male can show off his beautiful dark blue secondary flight feathers.
How about this one for straight body line and pointed toes — another 10?
A mallard hen with equally great form in the fast forward flight mode.
But then there is the landing problem — putting the brakes on the fast forward.
Flaps down, vertical body increases the drag…careful not to overshoot the target.
Now, extend the feet while back pedaling with those wings…and drop to the water.
Oops, went too far. Sorry, girls, my bad.
But the hen isn’t much better at it. She is bound to crash right into those two drakes having a face-off. But this pose shows off her pretty feathers better.
Photographing birds in flight is tricky, adjusting the exposure as they fly over light or dark surfaces, quickly changing their elevation, flapping vigorously, etc. These were a few of my more successful experiments in capturing BIF.