Birds in flight

I’m currently in Alamo, Texas attending a bird photography workshop run by Alan Murphy, and learning how to set up for taking photos of small birds in flight. Today’s challenge — learn how to pre-focus the camera in the place you expect the birds to be. Sometimes it worked, but most of the time, I captured an empty perch.

Great Kiskadee vs Red-winged Blackbird

Great Kiskadee vs Red-winged Blackbird

Green Jays

Green Jays

Golden-fronted Woodpecker vs Cardinal

Golden-fronted Woodpecker vs Cardinal

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker vs Blackbird

11 thoughts on “Birds in flight

    • Alan Murphy has great tips for attracting and photographing birds. Details can be found in his ebooks, see: http://www.alanmurphyphotography.com/ebook.htm for details. The trick to getting good in-flight shots as well as inter-species interactions is to pre-focus on where the birds will be (I.e., the feeder), and then use a remote trigger with your camera on a tripod, and just fire away when you see what you want to capture. You will get hundreds of shots, but surely some of them will be what you want.

  1. These are beautiful keepers. Great wing spreads! I’ve also used a Better Beamer which acts like a Fresnel Lens for flash to narrow and extend the reach separating the bird from background. Don’t think ya need it here.

    • Their flight is just amazing, their agility, the twists and turns, acrobatics, etc. it’s fascinating to capture these single moments of flight expertise.

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