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Bird Photography - Basics

You can be a great bird photographer!


Nothing beats experience, in terms of learning how to take photos of birds.  With that in mind, I thought a section of "photo stories" might be illuminating for folks, to show real-life examples of how I got a particular photograph, what settings I used, how I was able to get close to the bird, etc. To see a more detailed photo story for an individual bird photo, click on one of the images/links below.

Northern Hawk Owl - Surnia ulula    Burrowing Owl - Athene cunicularia 
 Northern Hawk Owl - The role of luck   Burrowing Owl - Using flash in the sun? 
Wilson's Phalarope - Phalaropus tricolor    Horned Puffin - Fratercula corniculata 
Wilson's Phalarope - Campin' out in the blind    Horned Puffin - Patience, Patience, Patience... 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris  White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Gettin' Weird!!!    White-breasted Nuthatch - Angering your Spouse  
 Rough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopus    
Rough-legged Hawk - Anticipation and Knowing your Quarry    

More stories in progress, coming soon....