Something I love to do, but I find extremely frustrating is bird photography! I love to do it because I love to be in nature…listening to the sounds and getting lost in every movement & the peacefulness of it. BUT it is, for me, extremely frustrating trying to predict the movements of the birds—capturing the best photograph without disturbing them or getting too close, thus causing them to fly away! I know it’s my inexperience, lack of knowledge and impatience. All things I think I could grow to love even more with time.
I’ve watched, in awe, as a seasoned pro can identify a bird as it flies quickly by over our heads. She notes its striped wings and unusual shaped tail feathers. I, on the other hand, see only a dark streak as it crosses the sky. She calls out the scientific name, gender, and common name. While all I think is, “Oooh, look! A bird!” She’s looking for the spectacular, while I just want to find something that has wings and will sit long enough for me to photograph!
I’ll take a picture of a common sparrow, seagull or catbird (I had never even heard of a catbird until I started doing this!) They all fascinate me. Now I want to look up the birds that I photograph and learn what they are. I haven’t studied them, yet, but I know that will come.
So, if you decide to give bird photography a try. Along with your camera gear, I would recommend that you pack your patience, your curiosity and your patience! Go out expecting to get in touch with nature and have some fun!
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.