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Any tips for an amature bird photographer?

Leightonhs 11 155 1
9 Feb 2007 6:51PM
Hello I'm Leighton,

I've just bought myself a sigma 70-300 apo zoom lens and was wondering if anyone knows any good techniques, tricks or tips that they can give me. I have no tripod at the moment and getting one soon, plus I've got a canon eos 350d if that helps.

Thanks for taking your time to read this, any good advice will be much appreciated.


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da_nige 14 1.2k Scotland
9 Feb 2007 6:56PM
Hi again Leighton

Best tip? Get out there, find where the birds are and persevere. Its all about knowing where the birdies are. For example a year ago I had no idea where to find a Kestrel or Buzzard locally. Now I know where to go to be guaranteed shots. Once you know their behaviour and routine its all about setting up a hide or just trying to get closer

StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
9 Feb 2007 6:58PM
Most wildlife are creatures of habit. Study their patterns and spend time near or in their territories to become accepted. Try not to stress them, and remember, you're a visitor.

The 70-300 is a bit short, but with proper stalking techniques you should do alright. Good luck.
Leightonhs 11 155 1
9 Feb 2007 10:47PM
Thanks, will definately give it a go!
Neil- I ended up buying that sigma -but from ebay brand new I got it really cheap-thanks for your help previously!

Big Bri 17 16.3k United Kingdom
10 Feb 2007 12:48AM
Are you an amateur photographer, or are you photographing amateur birds ?
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2007 9:58AM

Quote:Are you an amateur photographer, or are you photographing amateur birds ?

Now there's a thought

Leightonhs 11 155 1
11 Feb 2007 1:46PM
yeah, I'm photographing amature birds of course!
auldspider 14 1
13 Feb 2007 2:20PM
Hi Leighton,

I've got the same lens on my EOS300D.

I would say the most important thing is getting in close, the focal length on this lens is your limiting factor.
A hide would help you achieve this.
I've yet to build one for myself yet but its on the cards for this year.

Also just geting into the habits of your subject, will help you get some amazing shots..Predicting where your subject will appear is really important. This takes a lot of time and patience but its worth it in the end, because you can pre-set your camera and leave less to chance.

Hope some of this helps..

francisr 13 165
13 Feb 2007 2:59PM
Hi Leighton,

Shots of water birds are usually more effective when you are low down to the water, which means rummaging around in mud most of the time. So, don't forget the waterproof trousers.
Good luck.

Davidmet 13 209 1 England
13 Feb 2007 11:07PM
I use the same lens and the 500 and even then have to get close so settle down and wait but it does help to load a couple of in range branches with peanut butter...They can't resist.
Ps..Get a sturdy tripod.

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