Category Archives: Birds in Flight

Attempted Meal Steal

This short article features a gull’s attempted meal steal from an egret fishing at one of the ponds at Hendrie Valley. These eight consecutive images were captured handheld using a frame rate of 18 frames-per-second in continuous auto-focus.

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Mid-Air Chases

Birds interact for a number of reasons and anticipating mid-air chases can yield some interesting and sometimes dramatic photographs. This article features 12 new images from 2 mid-air chases and discusses some simple observation techniques that can help anticipate mid-air chases.

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Special Moment at ISO-10000

Back in May of this year I captured a special moment at ISO-10000 when doing a high ISO test at Biggar Lagoon Wetlands in Grimsby.  Earlier in the day I had been successful photographing swallows in flight. It was getting later in the afternoon so I decided to change my approach and try some test images of swallows at ISO-10000 before I headed for home.

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Salvaging the Day

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we’ve not captured any usable images during an outing and our focus becomes salvaging the day. Many of us would not want to spend most of the day out with our cameras… and drive 350 kilometers… with nothing to show for it. Such was the case yesterday.

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Experimenting in Post

After badly screwing up some initial image captures, I sometimes¬† save these types of files specifically to do some experimenting in post later on. After all… if I mess up the files even more in post I really haven’t lost anything. The upside is that I may learn something useable by experimenting in post with them.

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

During a recent visit to Hendrie Valley I had the opportunity to capture some photographs of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. This is a very common bird found throughout much of North America. During breeding season their range extends into the far north reaching Alaska, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Labrador.

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Single Point Technique

This article illustrates the use of single point auto-focus technique when photographing a small bird taking flight, from an obscured position. The physical position of the female cardinal in this particular series of of photographs was not ideal in terms of producing a good number of useable photographs. So… readers will need to use their imaginations for some of the featured images.

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Hummingbird Quick Visit

This article features some photographs of a hummingbird quick visit which were captured using Bird AI Subject Tracking in combination with Pro Capture L. I used an E-M1X and M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens.

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Thinking Like a Bird

Thinking like a bird isn’t being a bird brain… but rather attempting to put ourselves inside the thought process of an avian subject. Observing a bird in an openminded manner sometimes allows us to gain a deeper sense of what it is going to do. What is making it anxious. Or aggressive. Or feeling connected to a decision that it is pondering.

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