Things are starting to take off 04-16-17
Things are quite literally starting to take off. The last few weeks have proved to be very productive for capturing birds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center.
Much of the success I've had is due to the fact that birds are creatures of habit. This snowy egret -- that I've come to call "Igor" -- always hunts in the same location every day.
Igor likes to repeatedly make short "hops" through the air while hunting in the ocean, making it easy to capture flight shots. If I happen to miss a shot or Igor gets scared away, I can always count on the same thing happening again later in the day. This underscores the importance of not only knowing something about the species you're photographing, but also how helpful knowing the individual animals you're shooting can be as well.
I really am blessed to live in an urban area where it's relatively easy to find wildlife to photograph. While I might not have access to some of the more exotic species of birds present in other parts of the world, I live about 15 minutes from several places where I can consistently count on finding many different active species of birds to photograph.
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