How to Take Great Photos of Birds (7 Great Tips)

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved taking pictures of most birds. There’s something so amazing about capturing their flight in a single frame.

It’s fascinating to watch them maneuver through the sky and then try to capture the moment on film.

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It can be difficult though because they are constantly moving and it can be hard to get close enough for a good picture without scaring them away! That’s why I’m here today with few tips on how to take great photos of common birds.

1. Find a spot with trees or bushes to provide shade

Find a spot with trees or bushes to provide shade

Sometimes the best way to take a bird’s photo is by hiding among their favorite spots. Find some trees or bushes near your destination for shade and stay there until you’ve captured that perfect shot of these feathered creatures in all their glory!

Look no further than where they feel most at home, under cover from the sun with plenty of foliage nearby – just like this little guy here who couldn’t be happier hidden away from prying eyes beneath flowers and leaves.

Finding a good spot for bird photography will take some time and effort, but it is worth the extra work to get great shots of these creatures.

One way you can find your ideal location would be by looking for trees or bushes that provide shade if they are not too close together. This should give you plenty of covers so your subjects won’t see you coming!

In order to take good images of common birds in their natural habitat, lots of people struggle because they want an interesting photo but don’t know how much light is best. 

To avoid this frustration we recommend looking at your surroundings before taking any photographs so that you can pick out spots with more food sources nearby as well as areas near trees/bushes which offer protection from the harsh sunlight.

2. Dress appropriately for the weather, including sunscreen and sunglasses 

Dress appropriately for the weather, including sunscreen and sunglasses 

Dress in layers and be prepared for anything. 

Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and binoculars if you are going to watch the birds from afar or if there is low visibility due to foggy weather conditions. 

And be sure that your clothes will not hinder your ability while watching birds up-close by tackling branches with ease or reaching overhead without getting stuck on clothing seams!

Wear clothes that cover your skin well as it is essential for both protection from hot rays and cool breezes alike! 

Pack plenty of water so you can stay hydrated, especially on sunny days when the heat becomes more challenging than usual.

A wide-brimmed hat will also come in handy throughout various times of day–morning foggy mornings provide much-needed relief against harsh UV light while evening walks may require additional coverage against bugs attracted by bright lights at night. 

Sunlight can be harsh, so think about how best to block out UV rays before heading outside.

3. Bring your camera, tripod, and binoculars

Bring your camera, tripod, and binoculars

You’ll need your camera, binoculars, and tripod for this bird photography session. Bring your camera, tripod, and binoculars for the best bird-watching experience in history. You’ll be able to get a close-up view of all sorts of beautiful feathered friends who will pose perfectly while you capture their likeness on film with breathtaking clarity! 

You’ll be able to take pictures of some of our most beautiful feathered friends like eagles, owls, crows, or finches! Bring a water bottle too because it’s always worth staying hydrated in case you find yourself out there longer than expected.

The sound of waves crashing against rocks breaks through my thoughts as I take out my phone to snap pictures with it. 

It’s been years since I’ve actually touched film myself but there are no other options here so you better believe that both hands have found themselves on either side of this strange relic from an era gone by just like me. 

A warm gust blows past bringing long-forgotten memories back into focus – sun-kissed skin slathered generously with coconut oil under the heat lamps set up along one edge; relentless hours spent stalking prey without thought or reason until finally tracking down.

Bring a lightweight jacket for those cool mornings or evenings; it will be great not having to lug around all of these heavy items!

4. Find out when the birds are most active in your area

Find out when the birds are most active in your area

The best time for bird photography also varies depending on where you live. 

If your area has a lot of trees, then morning and early evening are ideal because they offer better lighting conditions than midday or late afternoon. 

You can also find out what type of birds frequent an area by consulting with locals in that region as well as looking at websites like bird dot org which houses extensive data about local wildlife populations for various geographic regions across North America.

Bird photography is a great way to explore the beauty of nature up close. 

You have to understand how bird activity changes throughout the day and year, so you can find out when they are most active in your area for some cool shots!  

The best time to photograph birds at feeders or near nesting areas with nests visible from January through September would be first thing in the morning before 9 am EST. 

For October through December, it’s better if between 4 pm on warm days up until sunset because during this season more birds like to eat insects that come out earlier than other animals such as squirrels do which means their food sources have been depleted by then, making them hungrier later into evening hours.

5. Be patient – it may take some time before you see any birds at all

 Be patient - it may take some time before you see any birds at all

We all love to take pictures of the beautiful things in life, and bird photography is no different. 

Though it may seem that you are always waiting for a perfect shot to pop up before your eyes, there’s more than just patience involved with getting those coveted shots like this one right here! 

You have got to know what kind of birds will be around where you plan on taking these photos – other types need time for migration or hibernation so they won’t show themselves at first glance. 

In addition, some birds thrive off human interaction while others do not- if possible try photographing them when they’re feeling comfortable among crowds; otherwise wait until later and hope their natural curiosity gets the best out of them (pun intended!).

The perfect moment for bird photography will take some patience – but it may just make your day! 

And the first step in becoming an expert photographer? Patience. 

You can’t expect to see many birds on any given day if they’re not feeling comfortable enough around humans yet, so don’t worry if that happens; keep looking until you find yourself within the arm’s reach of these feathered friends! 

Once dawn breaks through the darkness and twilight sets in after-dinner hour has passed (around 7 pm), search high and low near water sources where the bird can take the water.

6. Take photos of different angles of the bird’s body

Take photos of different angles of the bird's body

Birds are a popular subject for bird photographers. To capture their beauty, you’ll need to get up close and personal with the different angles of the variety of feathers on its body. 

Birds have mesmerizing patterns that make them an attractive photographic field study topic; in order to photograph birds properly, one must take photos from all possible perspectives.

As a beginner bird photographer, you need to take pictures of the best angles on your subject. 

However, this is easier said than done because birds are quick and agile creatures that don’t always stay in one place! Take photos from different distances as well – sometimes close-up shots can be just what your project needs when it seems like nothing else will work out.

Now imagine a lovely morning outside, with the birds chirping and flitting all around you. A child runs up to your side excitedly and hands you their camera saying “take photos of different angles of this bird for me!” 

The bright-eyed youngster is eager to show off its new pet; it’s easy to see how they caught your eye! 

You bend down next to them as the little one kneels on the ground beside their prized possession–a tiny brown sparrow perched innocently on top of a fallen log that looks more like an old tree stump than anything else. 

Your heart melts at sight before snapping into action, clicking away every angle possible while trying not to squish or scare any other wildlife nearby.

7. Photograph the bird in its natural habitat

Photograph the bird in its natural habitat

The bird’s natural habitat is a place of pure beauty. 

In this pristine environment, the bird sings its song to ensure all other birds know that it has claimed ownership over this territory. 

Photographing birds in its natural habitat allows for humans to enter into their world and experience what they are experiencing as well; which can be quite magical!

Take a picture of the bird in its natural habitat. 

This would be an opportunity to document how it lives, what kind of food is available and just about everything else that you can imagine! Photograph this beautiful creature in his natural environment for all to see. 

You will get beautiful pictures with him feeding from flowers or near water sources as well as sharp images capturing any other parts and pieces he enjoys spending time on (e.g., hopping around).

The camera lens shimmers as I snap a photo of the bird in its natural habitat. The yellow feathers shimmer and reflect off the sunlight, making it difficult to focus on any one thing at a time.

FAQs Over the Internet

How do you take professional bird pictures?

Take your time and wait for a good experience. Small birds are especially high-energy animals, so an interesting action shot risks being cluttered with the “noise” of their feathers beating or wings flapping. Imagine a racing car traveling at 100 mph; it might not be possible to get a clear view of the driver’s face no matter what side you’re standing on. The camera lenses nowadays have high resolution that can pick out any detail from any angle¸ but often, it takes patience for “the perfect moment.” It’s better to wait long enough for something beautiful to happen than risk taking the equivalent of blurry snapshots trying to catch multiple moments in one go.

Which mode is best for bird photography?

There are a few different options, depending on the type of bird photography you want to do. 

If you want to capture birds without disturbing them and focus on the moment they fly away from your branch or dangling bread crumb, try using a slow shutter speed with your camera still and lined up with your bird’s flight path in front of something that will act as peripheral vision blockers (e.g., bushes). To get really dramatic portraits and captures of birds’ wings flapping or their movements between perches, set your camera to take several photos in succession at a very fast shutter speed.

How do you take beautiful images of birds fast?

It’s a lot of moving the camera quickly around and shooting birds. As for specifics, it can take a lot to get even one great shot. The key is patience and persistence; birds aren’t generally fast creatures! For most shots, you’ll need to be in motion with your lens pointed at the bird and clicking away at an interval that varies from situation to situation—sometimes you just need a few quick frames while other times you may have to wait (going back to earlier points) up until 20 seconds before finally getting the shot.

How do you take photos of birds without scaring them?

1) Put an air tube toy in your car and close all the windows–leave a crack open to take pictures though. 

2) Hang out at a bird feeder–or attract birds by planting flowers like sunflowers, zinnias, catalpas, or other bird-attracting native plants. 

3) Find out where their natural habitats are and go there with a zoom lens. You may need someone who knows how to find roosts for ground feeders or nests for many tree nesters because they are often well hidden from the public.

4) Find regular perches that have been frequented by wildlife (such as trees, poles, or shrubs).

What is the best time to take pictures of birds?

The best time to take pictures of birds is usually when they’re feeding or when they are at their most colorful.

Though each type of bird will have its own specific needs, you can get really good photos as long as you wait for the right moment and try not to distract them too much. Generally speaking, it’s ideal to leave them alone for some time before photographing birds so that they can resume what they were doing without becoming startled by a noisy close-up camera. So wait patiently and watch from afar until the opportunity arises.


We hope that this guide has given you some new insights and bird photography tips.

There are many more ideas than we could possibly cover in one article, so if there is something specific you’d like to know about or your own personal techniques then please leave a comment below! Happy shooting.

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