After ensuring that I’m at eye level, (this often means lying down in the dirt!) I wait for the bird to look towards me.
Yeah, I know, sometimes it seems like you’re waiting forever, but it’s worth the wait.
Images where the bird is looking away from you rarely work.
|My first shot of this Peregrine Falcon just didn’t work…|
Neither did the second…
So I waited…
And I waited…
Until it moved its head a little.
What makes it work?
Eye contact – making it more intimate and giving a sense of connection.
The head should always be facing towards you a few degrees. If you’re photographing birds, they’re constantly rotating their head so if you’re patient you’ll soon get a shot with a good head angle.