For those who don’t know, I’m not a native Floridian (even though I’m currently making that state my home). I’m a New Yorker; and in New York in November you aren’t supposed to be set upon by hordes of mosquitoes while you photograph birds. Next time, I’ll remember the bug spray!
And on that note, let’s talk about some other useful tips when capturing those hyper-vigilant flying fauna we togs love so well.
Tip 1: Know your bird. Find out what kinds live in your area and what their habits are. Local naturalist groups and the Audubon Society are great resources.
Tip 2: If you need to attract birds, try providing some of their preferred food and downloading and playing some appropriate mp3 calls. Naturally you’ll need to get to the proper distance and be patient.
Tip 3: Typical exposure settings vary, but commonly involve shutter speeds between 1/500 to 1/650 and apertures from f/4 to f/5.6. Also, don’t forget to use burst mode. Birds move fast. 😉
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