Bird Photography – In Flight

Capturing birds in flight is tough unless you have 25 years of experience like Arthur Morris or Moose Peterson. You need the right equipment; camera, lens and support. You need the right kind of light and a good background. Even when all of these things (and many more) come together you still need something else. Some elusive quality that allows you to capture the “essence of flight” rather than just a snapshot of a bird in the air.

Call it intuition. Call it the magic of the moment. Call it luck. Whatever it is, it’s as elusive as “peace of mind”. As alluring as a woman’s perfume. As intriguing as the Great Pyramids and as frustrating as old age. Some days I can almost taste it the moment the shutter clicks. Other days it’s like driving through a heavy fog when you can’t see ten feet in front of you.

I’ll leave it to you to decide which day this was.

Duck In Flight

In Flight
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with a 1.4X extender (Wimberley Sidekick mounted) at 420mm, f/6.7 for 1/250th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

4 thoughts on “Bird Photography – In Flight

  1. A black bellied whistling duck? Cool. And a cool name! Will have to get down there one day… always fun to find new birds in different places!

  2. Hey Brian,

    Welcome back.

    It’s a black-bellied whistling duck and the images shown on the Cornell University site were taken on the same small lake I was shooting.

    They’re very common here in Southeast Texas, especially in the winter months.

    Thanks again for reading and for your comments!


  3. BIF are REALLY hard to capture. One suggestion is to use EC +1/3 since the sky will mess with the exposure. Cool bird. Really tough angle for the shot. What type of duck is it?

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