Photographing birds in flight can be quite challenging, especially for a novice like me! It takes a little bit of practice and determination to get the focus right, for as soon as you think the bird is in your viewfinder, it has probably flown by at supersonic speed! But studying birds in flight opens up a whole new approach to birdwatching that you normally don’t get to see otherwise, such as beautiful patterns on the undersides of the wings or other distinguishing marks.
Here are a few birds that I have managed to photograph.
Mallards, the female leading the way
Wood Stork looks majestic in flight, with a huge wing span and beautiful patterns that you don’t observe otherwise
Tri-colored Heron, with a prominent white belly
Snowy Egret is one of the most beautiful birds, whether in flight or not
Northern Shoveler, male and female
Double-breasted Cormorant, casting a suspicious glance
Royal Tern coming in for a landing amidst Black Skimmers