Category Archives: Birds in Flight

Photographing Hummingbirds Near Feeders

Hummingbirds are one of my favourite birds to photograph. In Southern Ontario we are only treated to visits from these ‘pocket rockets’ for a few months of the year. While it is ideal to find and photograph hummingbirds around flowers, opportunities tend to be fairly rare – especially in my backyard. As the season is quickly drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to post an article about photographing hummingbirds near feeders, as this is where the majority of images are captured by many photographers. Continue reading Photographing Hummingbirds Near Feeders

A Bit of Patience Can Pay Dividends

When we’re out photographing birds-in-flight it can sometimes be a challenge to decide when to press the shutter to activate an AF-C run. This is especially true if our camera has a limited buffer size. Having some self-discipline and a bit of patience can pay dividends. This article features an AF-C run of 22 consecutive images showing an egret landing on a branch. To put the images in context… Continue reading A Bit of Patience Can Pay Dividends

Wing Positions Can Add Drama

Bird photography can become somewhat of an addictive pastime for a number of reasons. One never knows what photographic opportunity Mother Nature will provide, and once presented, if we will be up to the task of capturing it. Many of us regularly go out to photograph birds even though we may already have thousands of images of a particular species. What keeps us coming back is the anticipation that our next image may capture something special, different, or better, than during our last outing. This short article shares some images that (hopefully) demonstrate that wing positions can add drama to our bird photographs. Continue reading Wing Positions Can Add Drama

Great Blue Herons In-Flight – Same Day, Different Times on PL

Our friends at Photography Life have just published a new article that I wrote for the website, Great Blue Herons In-Flight – Same Day, Different Times. This new article features a selection of 12 photographs of Great Blue Herons captured at various times on the same day. Continue reading Great Blue Herons In-Flight – Same Day, Different Times on PL

Great Blue Heron Appearing to Walk on Water

While at the Hendrie Valley Sanctuary yesterday, I had the opportunity to capture a continuous auto-focus (AF-C) run of a Great Blue Heron appearing to walk on water. This article shares a selection of 18 images and provides insights into the thought process that led to the creation of these photographs. Continue reading Great Blue Heron Appearing to Walk on Water

Hummingbird Images Captured at Various Shutter Speeds

Yesterday I went to the Urquhart Butterfly Garden with the hope of capturing some images of hummingbirds in flight. Mother Nature cooperated and I was treated to two brief hummingbird visits, each lasting for a minute or two as the hummingbird flitted from blossom to blossom. This article shares some hummingbird images captured at various shutter speeds. Continue reading Hummingbird Images Captured at Various Shutter Speeds

Green Heron Taking Off From a Branch at 60 FPS

After experimenting for the past few weeks shooting my Nikon 1 gear at 60 frames per second (FPS), I’m becoming more comfortable using this approach, and now use it on a very regular basis. This short article shares a series of 15 consecutive images of a green heron taking off from a branch at 60 FPS. Continue reading Green Heron Taking Off From a Branch at 60 FPS