Bird be­hav­iour

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Birds of prey rely heav­ily on the di­rec­tion of the wind for flight. They’re hap­pier fly­ing into the wind as this gives them the up­lift they need to keep steady. As such, po­si­tion your­self up­wind to cap­ture them head-on. A mo­ment be­fore big­ger birds land they tend to spread their wings and softly swoop to the ground, which is a good time to try to cap­ture them as they’ll be eas­ier to keep sharp, and more pho­to­genic. Again, wind plays a part as they pre­fer to take off and land into the wind, so po­si­tion your­self up­wind. And if you in­tend to pho­to­graph wild birds of prey, they’re most ac­tive when hunt­ing at dawn or dusk.

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