Bird Photography Takes Patience, Persistence and Luck

According to Moose Peterson, a good wildlife photographer needs to stay really focused (no pun intended) on the subject he’s attempting to capture. Look away from the action for just a few seconds and you might miss the best shot of the day. As Moose often says in his training videos, “wildlife photography takes patience, persistence and a lot of luck” in capturing those really great images.

Now I agree with Moose completely, but sometimes when you’re in the middle of a beautiful area, the temptation to let your eye roam and your mind wander is just too great, especially when you see something that might make a great shot like this.

Brazos Bend Bayou

Brazos Bend Bayou
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D , 70-200mm f/4L with a 1.4x extender at 280mm, f/11, 1/320th sec at ISO 400 on SanDisk digital film. Click on the image above for a larger version.

As I turned my camera towards this scene, two wood ducks suddenly took flight and went right over my head. Even though I moved as quickly as possible, I wasn’t able to capture a well focused image of them in flight. If I hadn’t been bored and looking away from the action, I might have returned home that day with two good images; one nice landscape shot and one great shot of birds in flight.

Lesson learned (the hard way as usual)!