Shooting birds

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  1. Tangerini

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    I'm not sure if this would be the right place for me to ask a question or if I should have put this in the photography discusion area.

    I would really like some advice on photographing birds. In my area we have bald eagles, a few different types of hawks, cranes... etc. Pretend I've never shot a bird before (based on my recent attemps it looks like I haven't anyway :lol:) what advice/tips can you experienced bird photographers give me?
     
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    patience and lots of it, if the bird has a bright background, sky, overexpose buy about 1 stop and try and get as close as you can without disturbing the birds
     
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    :hail: LP would you mind if I picked your brain a bit more?

    http://www.jackandglory.com/nini/4/herons.jpg
    http://www.jackandglory.com/nini/4/rookery.jpg
    http://www.jackandglory.com/nini/4/nesting.jpg

    These are a few shots I got the other day of a heron rookery (there are no edits other than resizing)

    If I were to shoot in the same conditions (lighting etc) what would you recommend I do differently?
    What conditions would you recommend I ideally try to aim on shooting with?

    I do plan on getting closer (My children were waiting in the car as I took these so I didn't go but a few feet away from them)
    And I know I can get closer without disturbing them. This tree is located near a path at local golf course so if they can ignore those crazy golfers, I'm pretty sure they won't mind me ;)
     
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    for metering you can try 2 things

    1 take a meter reading off the ground in say Aperture Priority set F5.6 and note what shutter speed is displayed then in manual mode set F5.6 and set the shutter speed to the one you noted

    2 over exposure the shot by 1 to 1 and a half stops (I do this most of the time)

    Your car will make a very good hide, if you can drive closer just lower the window and stick the lens out whilst parked, I've been in a tent hide 3 meters away from birds talking to my mate in another hide and the Birds don't even notice you talking, but they will notice any sudden movement
     
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    I usually get out my blow gun sneak up behind them put a little bit of sleeping medicine on the tip and knock the bird out. I then take it to a place that would be favorable for a photograph or two and wait until it wakes up. It's still a little dizzy and disorented so it doesn't fly away. OK... so I have never taken any pictures of birds. Don't take any of what I just said seriously, I would never do that to a bird. LP would be the best to ask about such subjects. :)
     
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    Think AIRIC and Sir Barlow would be even better
     
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    Thank you LP :)

    BoblyBill ~ :lol:
     
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    What if she was trying to take pictures of otters? I have a pretty good arguement for you being the best on this site in otter pictures.
     
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    Lets just say its a good job I'm not a MOD, I'd want to ban anyone who takes a better photo of an Otter than me :lol:
     
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    the seagulls at Dawlish Warren love chips ... with a fast and short lens you can shoot them from a few feet while you yourself are eating chips :p
     
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    :lol: its funny cos its true :lol:
     
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    Had a hard time defending me chips and taking pictures simultaneously!

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