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Feathers in Focus - 10 Bird Photography Tips

Updated: Feb 27

I read so many tips and tricks to getting the "perfect shot" of wildlife. However, actually spending endless amounts of time in the wilderness has taught me the most valuable lessons about my presence in the wild. While I do believe that there is an art for getting those award winning shots, they usually require expensive camera equipment, extensive technical skills, an incredible landscape and maybe even an exotic animal. My knowledge as a wildlife photographer came first in hands-on application (photo documenting plant species) and is just now forming on the technical side. It’s ok to start where you are on your journey, with the equipment that you can afford and resources that are accessible to you. As a reminder, I use a point & shoot camera.


Here are 10 "bird tips" for bird photography. You can practice at your local park or even in your own backyard. Immerse yourself in nature and the wild will come to you. 📸🐦🐿🌿

Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor


  1. Go out near sunrise & sunset like the Mallard

  2. Be as quiet as the Great Horned Owl

  3. Move slowly like the Great Blue Heron

  4. Go zig-zag like the Wilson’s Snipe

  5. Blend in like the Common Nighthawk

  6. Hide out like the Sora

  7. Go low like the Burrowing Owl

  8. Stay focused like an Eagle

  9. Be patient like the Green Heron

  10. Be curious like the Northern Mockingbird

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