Every image has a story behind it, and as I worked on creating my Bird Photography Masterclass over recent weeks, I came across many images in my archives that sparked memories. Birds are creatures of habit, and one of the “tricks of the trade” in wildlife photography is being a good observer, and anticipating what birds are going to do. “Capturing a moment” in bird photography isn’t just a matter of luck.
This series on the kestrel landing didn’t make it into my course, but is a classic example of how being a good observer of bird behavior can help you anticipate and enjoy an interesting moment of action. I think this is something that all fans of watching birds and other wildlife in the field can appreciate, whether you are a photographer or not. Honing our powers of observation makes for greater appreciation and enjoyment of our time in nature.
The Kestrel Landing Sequence
Here is the sequence of images that came before and after the “keeper” shot. For the camera nerds these were shot with a Canon 1DXII, 400 mm f2.8 w/ 2X, 1/2000 sec, f 8, ISO 1600. The key thing being the 1/2000 sec to freeze the motion.[Read more…] about Kestrel Landing – Capturing the Moment