The Comorant.

I fisherman’s nightmare but a bird that fishes in the lakes and rivers. Most of the summer there away from the UK then turn up in the winter. Stanley Park an area I go to do my fight photography is a great place to see them as they line up on wooden jettis on the lake. They fish the lake then jump out onto the wooden rail then fan their wings out to dry.

The one in the following images was doing a action like it was clearing it’s throat.

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