I have recently heard a few people (who are not photographers themselves) say that “No one really cares about (or likes) birds.” I took no offense to this as I myself really never thought much about birds for the longest time. So I wanted to explain why I have come to love photographing these animals and why on my social media more and more birds are seen.
Here is a short list:
- They are everywhere, always. Take a moment to look out of a window and sooner or later you will see a bird if not several. If you want to take photos of insects, throughout most of the US, winter is not a season for those, plus flowers, and other things.
- In Kansas we have reputable spots for birding. Places such as Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira Wildlife Refuge become hosts to an outstanding array of birds, including shore birds and the rare Whopping Crane. Though they are seasonal they make stops here during their migration. So throughout the year, birds are an option for photography.
- Bird photography can be very challenging. There are many aspects of it. High speed flight shots, feeding shots, mating rituals, there is a lot of challenge potential when photographing a bird. Keeping them there long enough to actually get a good shot is the first challenge often.
- You never know how pretty and diverse they can be until you have tried to photograph them. Before photography, birds were in a few groups in my mind. You had hawks and eagles, cranes, ducks and geese, robins and sparrows. Which basically everything else was one of these in my mind.
- With all of these points it can lead up to one major point. It will improve your photography skills. You have the year round opportunity to be challenged every time you go out with your camera. And some people who can’t go out much, do photograph birds from their windows.
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I’m not on flickr or any of those yet (at least not actively) but will probably work my way into those things.