I recently attended a workshop on how to photograph birds at the Audubon Center here in Columbus, Ohio presented by Canon Explorer of Light, Bob Davis, Canon and Midwest Photo Exchange. Bob’s bread and butter photography is weddings but what he enjoys and renews him is bird photography. While I am not normally a bird photographer I like learning how to photograph different things.
Two things I will tell you first are that birds are fast but they are creatures of habit; habits you can learn with patience which will translate into getting that shot. After the presentation and some Q & A time these bird ambassadors from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary were brought out for us to practice on. Each of these birds have been injured to the point that they can no longer exist in the wild.
They were far easier to photograph than the birds in the wild around the center. That is where we got to practice the information we learned in the presentation. I will share a few tips I learned with you in the next post.
Red Tailed Hawk
This poor little Screech Owl will never be able to return to the wild as the injury it sustained which caused it to be at the bird sanctuary resulted in it losing one eye. By the way, did you know that owls cannot move their eyeballs? They can blink and they move their heads around to see but they cannot move their eyeballs like we do. And here’s another tidbit for you, if our eyes were in proportion to our bodies like and owl’s our eyes would be about the size of softballs!
Sounds like such a great event … my kind of thing!
You would’ve been right at home. Hopefully I can communicate the tips he gave us well in the next post but I bet you know them already 😉
So if you know their habits, you can prepare for and anticipate the shot? Makes sense.
This sounds amazing. And we thank you for the tidbits!
It was pretty cool and you’re welcome.
Wow very cool indeed! I love birds of prey!
Thanks. They are amazing but a bit daunting.
Such pretty birds. Bird photography is quite a challenge… 🙂
So lovely photography. love it.