Birds in Flight (BIF) - just too easy

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  1. zackiedawg

    zackiedawg Member Staff Member

    If you want to find a place where you can shoot birds in flight, then Florida in winter is your place. There are so many opportunities, so close, that you could shoot BIF with a P&S camera. Maybe even with a plate camera. Or a daguerreotype. It's just too easy down here with all the opportunities! Nesting season for the big wading birds, prime hunting season for raptors, and lots of wintering birds down to roost here until weather warms up north - it all adds up to hundreds of birds flying around all day within 10-100 feet of you. Crazy fun.

    Some birds in flight shot this winter so far, with the A6300 and FE100-400mm combo:

    Great blue heron:
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    Tricolor heron:
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    Snowy egret:
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    Ibis:
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    Double-crested cormorant:
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    Egyptian geese:
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    Great egret:
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    Great blue heron with nesting materials:
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    Black-bellied whistling ducks:
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    Anhinga:
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    Glossy ibis:
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    Cattle egret:
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    Neotropical cormorant:
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    Belted kingfisher:
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    Osprey:
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    Roseate spoonbill:
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    Little blue heron:
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    Crazy selection of birds down here right now, and so many in flight every day, morning and late afternoon...it's like a shooting gallery.
     
  2. gary

    gary Member

    that great blue herons with nesting materials is an outstanding shot, this is really torture on me, because guess what arrived today, my A9 body, after much thought and reading an excellent comparison thread on www.fredmiranda.com between the a7r3 and the a9, i decided for the things i would be shooting. especially until october when i get back to wdw, the totally radical a9 autofocus on fast moving objects was best for my needs. cannot wait to check out some ama flat track motorcycle this season
     
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  3. zackiedawg

    zackiedawg Member Staff Member

    The A9 will crank at a place like my local wetlands. I know a few who shoot with it, along with a few A7RIII shooters too...most with the 100-400mm lens. The A6300/6500 does really well in these situations too. Plus, those great blue herons are constantly hauling materials back and forth, almost every day, for weeks on end - the nests get worn down, sticks rot or get wet, poop accumulates - and they're always having to go get new sticks to fortify and update the nest. Which means opportunities to catch them in flight with sticks, or going to get sticks, are almost endless:
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    Sometimes I'll play around with my angle - shooting into the sun to get backlit looks, and including people in the backgrounds just to provide something different to the setting:
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    Sometimes, they're not hauling sticks - but hauling food back for the spouse who's stuck sitting on the nest:
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    One of the most recent, just this weekend, to show the work never ends for these birds:
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  4. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    Very impressive. Especially now that we're back to having real winters in the midwest where a day above freezing is a real treat.
     
  5. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

    Bravo on the Belted Kingfisher! Have yet to be fast enough to capture one.
     
  6. zackiedawg

    zackiedawg Member Staff Member

    Thanks Scott! Those are indeed challenging birds to catch in flight. I've photographed them sitting seemingly forever, hoping they'll take off - and then they do when I'm adjusting a setting or took my eye away for a second - and it's near impossible to catch back up to them! I still haven't successfully gotten one hitting the water perfectly...this guy I didn't see until he had already splashed down, and I was just able to catch him as he was coming back up with his fish.
     
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