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Birds of Kentucky: Taking photos of birds
It's fun. But it's not always easy. Following a few basic rules will help get a winning photograph. From the camera to how to dress to how to behave, Barbara Armitage covers the basics in one quick lesson, in plenty of time to be ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 18, 19 20, and 21, 2011
By Barbara Armitage
It's 8:04 a.m. and I've lost the sun behind the clouds so I'm back in the house. Taking photos of wild birds is not always easy or as in the case this morning - warm.
People often see one of my bird photos and say "what a lucky shot" or they say "you must have a really good camera". Well they're right about both it is often a lucky shot. On an average I can shoot four or five hundred photos and there will be one "lucky" shot in the group. And yes I do have a very good camera with a very nice telephoto lens.
However neither of these will help me if I can't get close to the birds. Even with a 300 zoom lens I have to be within 12 to 15 feet to get a good close up.
So when I'm asked "How do I take good photos of birds" I usually give them this list.
Winter is a good time to take photographs of birds but it can be a challenge.
If you'd like to learn more about feeding and identifying the birds attend one of the ACGC's Birding 101 classes. Three classes are being offered this year for your convenience. Birding 101 classes will be held at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground Street (MAP), Columbia, KY:
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