Sony A7r4 200-600 Birds in Flight

My goal to nail birds in flight continues.

I love to capture the action shot just as it is captured by the sensor.

You don’t see how these little birds like the Coal Tit come in so fast, twisting and turning just like a fast bird of prey.

So when you see the Great Tit coming in from the side, it’s a joy and just so interesting to see their ability.

Small Birds in flight

Capturing birds in flight is hard enough when they’re medium to large, but small birds that give you no warning they’re coming is even harder.

The skill is everything, plus getting the shutter speed spot on. For theses small birds I used Manual mode. f6.3 1/4000 ISO 2000 – the exposure triangle is something I take more seriously now, looking at my Histogram all the time in the viewfinder.

I know sometimes I can’t get it to go to where it should be, but just getting it to a position you know you can edit with is helping me get some better images in flight.

I find Sony Focusing Area very confusing, and after all my research I find that Zone + Multi Metering are the best for capturing birds in flight. Some say it doesn’t give you focus on the birds head and eyes but I find if you’re not out to win any competitions then it’s fine and gives you a good keeper rate.

There is still plenty of testing to do with both the Sony 100-400 and 200-600. Both my lenses are very sharp but like a lot of other people the 200-600 is the choice lens for birding. In my game the 100-400 just doesn’t have the reach if you like cropping like me with 61mp on the A7r4.

Saying that, in the right situation the 10p-400 is amazingly sharp. Take these baby Starlings visiting my garden back in June this year – light is good with a nice pale green background. The images speak for themselves

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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