Photographing Birds in the Wild

Don’t have a garden to photograph birds or would you like to move your bird photography to a higher level? If so, photographing birds in the wild is a great idea. Capturing birds in wild on your camera, however, isn’t an easy task because you first need to know where to look for the birds and then catch the perfect moment. In order to help you make photographing birds in the wild an enjoyable experience and return home with lots of great bird photos, we have prepared a few easy tips to follow while searching for the perfect places and birds.

1. Prepare in advance. Sometimes the most beautiful photos are made in the least expected places. Most bird photos that you can admire in magazines, however, are a result of careful preparations. Determine which bird species would you like to photograph and where you are most likely to find them. This may take some time but it will save you plenty of time you would otherwise lose for wondering in the wild.

2. Know the birds’ behaviour. Most birds are active in the morning and late afternoon. So try to get to the chosen location when birds are most active. This can save you hours you would spend waiting them to show up.

3. Check the weather forecast. Just like humans, birds and other animals don’t like bad weather. If it’s raining, they will hide in their nests and wait for the weather to improve. So check the weather forecast and choose another day if the forecast is bad. In addition, you probably don’t want to find yourself outside during a storm either, do you?

4. Watch your movement. Birds don’t only have a huge advantage by being able to see from above but they also see two to three times better than humans and have an excellent hearing. You are therefore recommended to walk softly and try to be as invisible as possible if you want to get close enough to shoot some pictures.

5. Resist the temptation to chase. It is difficult to resist the temptation not to go after the bird when you see it but you are highly unlikely to be able to make a good photo while chasing it around. Remember that you are on the birds’ home ground and you can’t win.

6. Keep in mind other wildlife species. Inform yourself about the place and wildlife species that live in the chosen destination very well. But keep in mind that large predators are not the only thing to watch for when in the wild. In the UK, the greatest threat comes from tiny creatures such as ticks.

7. Be patient. Don’t expect to show up and start taking pictures. Photographing birds in the wild sometimes takes hours of patient waiting.