See them soar

Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes takes you un­der his wing to show you how to pho­to­graph flocks of birds swirling grace­fully though the skies

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Cap­ture the grace­ful shapes of flocks of birds swirling over gor­geous scenery at dusk with our cam­era tech­nique tips

From time to time, many of us flit into bird pho­tog­ra­phy, whether it’s while look­ing out of the win­dow into the gar­den or on a more de­lib­er­ate trip, such as a fal­conry ex­pe­ri­ence day. But rarely do most peo­ple plan ahead for more than a few shots; of­ten get­ting what they can on the day after play­ing around with set­tings.

Bird pho­tog­ra­phy might sound dif­fi­cult, but with a plan and the right cam­era set­tings you can get great pho­tos. If you find a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion and ar­rive a lit­tle early to set up, you can nail fan­tas­tic shots in just an hour or so.

Here we’re be­ing am­bi­tious, by pho­tograph­ing a whole swoop­ing and swirling flock of birds. The hyp­no­tis­ing shapes that star­ling mur­mu­ra­tions make at dusk are fa­mous, but plenty of other bird species also cre­ate won­der­ful fluid pat­terns as they fly in a flock, so these tips work in any area and at any time of year.

There’s no one-size-fits-all ap­proach to cam­era set­tings, yet there are some valu­able key set­tings to aim for, which we’ll ex­plain. Take along atele­photo zoom lens with a fast aper­ture so you can get in close on those far­away birds, and fol­low our sim­ple tips to help to make your pho­tog­ra­phy take flight…

Plenty of bird species cre­ate won­der­ful fluid pat­terns as they fly in a flock

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