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Big and small birds in flight:

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

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Sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

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Both pictures have also been cropped into tighter framing, especially the latter since the bird was on the right side of the uncropped photo.
 



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Killdeer





Caspian tern
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short-eared owl hunts mice in a typical Dutch landscape



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Some Swallows.


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Beautiful captures Brandy
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Peter, those swallows in flight shots are amazing. These birds dart so quickly it must be almost impossible to pan and track and get your camera and lens to lock on, let alone keep, focus.
Do you in fact manually set your camera in anticipation, machine gun the shutter as birds fly into the frame, and find a few keepers amongst lots of near misses? You don't need to give away any trade secrets, but just curious.
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Originally posted by digiton digiton wrote:

short-eared owl hunts mice in a typical Dutch landscape



It looks like it's hunting a cow to me.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Peter, those swallows in flight shots are amazing. These birds dart so quickly it must be almost impossible to pan and track and get your camera and lens to lock on, let alone keep, focus.
Do you in fact manually set your camera in anticipation, machine gun the shutter as birds fly into the frame, and find a few keepers amongst lots of near misses? You don't need to give away any trade secrets, but just curious.


I'm glad someone else asked the very same question - fabulous images and I too am more than curious as to how you catch those very rapid critters in flight!

Great series and well worth the effort.

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These are prettier than mine, but I can confirm it's not easy to catch them in the frame. I didn't use the "machine gun", but it was luck to a certain extend, and significant cropping was required.

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Thanks Charles, Joe, Neil and Fred. Not quite sure how to answer, to a large extent it's just a knack, leading with the camera as you would a shot gun. As a teenager I became quite a good shot even with a catapult which was much more difficult than a shot gun. Definitely a 'misspent' childhood!!

I generally shoot continuous mid with back focus and a high shutter speed in manual. The sipping shots are the easiest to predict but my problem here is I can't train them to perform closer to me, for some reason this is always way out in the lake and that's when I need the 400mm and of course the ability to crop heavily. When they occasionally oblige by flying closer 200mm is good as you can track to some degree but a sharp turn and you've lost it! Often they fly as a pair chasing each other and this can be easier to get then you just crop to a single bird. Example to follow I hope, think I may still have some in the bin...

I should have mentioned that I have tried the machine gun continuous high+ obviously but because of the buffering time you can easily miss the next shot so I try to keep the buffer to a minimum. Besides makes it too easy!!

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As per above. Getting them both in frame can make for a difficult crop sometimes if they're right at the edge of frame...


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Architectural geese

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A common raven (Corvus corax) approaching a powerline pylon

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