Photographing Shore Birds

9 July 2014 At Your Leisure
Heron and Loon

Taking pictures of shore birds can be a challenge at the cottage. Here are some photo tips to help you get the best shots.

Shore Birds

A number of birds spend their feeding time searching for fish, frogs and insects along the shoreline at the cabin.  These birds tend to be skittish and a well-planned approach is needed to get the best shots.

Plan The Photo
Shore birds such as great blue herons will often return to a favourite spot to feed.  Once you know a bird’s schedule, you can test a number of vantage points to get the best shot.

Birds with babies such as ducks, geese and loons will move around depending on the availability of food and access to shoreline cover for the young ones.

Go Ground Level
Lying on the ground will produce the best photo but will also be the most uncomfortable.  Battling the insects may be the biggest challenge.

Use a canoe
Sometimes you need to be out on the water to get close enough for that ideal shot of a mother duck and the ducklings. The canoe is a great option for its stealth and it is easy to park in the middle of the weeds while waiting for the birds to arrive.

Be Prepared
Once in position, you may have to wait for a long time.  Bring a snack, wear the proper clothing and bring protective cover for the camera in case it starts to rain.

Use a tripod
Stability is the key to getting a great shot. You probably have to use a long zoom lens so any movement of the camera will compromise the photo.

Go to the Hummingbird Photo Techniques page.
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Go to the Beginner Photo Equipment Tips page.