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White Ibis Bitds photography, the mad photographer just the happy snapper, photographing birds could be tricky.
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Photographing birds can be really frustrating, you'll need lots of patience.

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Photographers Cameras and Photo Pioto Happy

Photographers control the camera and lens to "expose" the light recording material (such as film) to the required amount of light to form a "latent image" (on film) or "raw file" (in digital cameras) blah blah blah.... Photographers may do that, me just the other way around camera controls me I just push the button. Pioto

Cameras Which One?

You'll need canon and lens 400mm or Tamron 150-600mm will do. I use 200mm which is bit too short, but tamron 150-600mm is on my hit list.

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Happy White IbisThe Australian white ibis is a wading bird. Ibises spreads across much of Australia. It is mostly white with a long downcurved bill, black head, black tail and black legs. White Ibis is very common in urban areas nowadays so its easy to photograph. The most favoured foods of Australian white ibis are crayfish and mussels but it will eat just about anything and human scraps are becoming favoured too. Ibises build a shallow dish-shaped platform of sticks, grasses or reeds nests, located in trees and generally near a body of water. Australian white ibis lay two to three dull white eggs.

Taking photos

Just don't tell anyone Anyone can take good photos with any camera, if you practice enough. Try take your photos in the mornings and evenings, use tripod whenever you can, and keep taking those photos in time you we'll see the different. Always have your camera with you, don't seat at home go out as often as you can. Parks are excellent to practice and take fantastic shots.


Looking for a tips how to take perfect photos just enter "photo tips" in the search box above and you'll find hundreds of tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials from professional and amateur photographers. You have to be prepare to take hundreds of photos of the same object with all different manual setups waste a lot of time in front of the computer and that's haw you'll learn, if you won't do that you'll be wasting time reading all the tips on the net. Pioto

Click on small image to enlarge. Few photos of other birds like; seagulls, heron, terns, willie wagtail, magpies, ducks.

    Three manual shooting modes in the camera:
  1. Manual mode; this mode gives you full control of the camera
  2. AV mode; in this mode you control two settings ISO and aperture, shutter speed on auto.
  3. TV mode; in this mode you control exposure, ISO and shutter on auto.

Control exposure

You can control exposure with the shutter speed, or change the aperture (f-number). Higher f-number will give you darker photo, the same with shutter. You can play with both settings to get the effect you satisfied with, correct exposure should be zero on the meter.

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Birds Photography. Photo Pioto Suggestions

  • Birds mostly photographed from a distance, so a telephoto lens is essential. If you have a fast DSLR and a 300 or even 400 mm lens you are in business.
  • Tripods or monopods are very handy and you should have one.
  • An aperture around f/4 or f/6.3 should give a blurred background
  • High shutter speeds is essential to bird photography - somewhere around of 1/800 - 1/1600 sec will do but higher will be better.
  • Set your ISO around 800 depends on your camera with my canon D5markIII I can go higher than that, but to avoid excessive noise and loss of detail you can't really go to high.
  • Your autofocus mode should be set to "continuous auto focus" so your camera will continually make adjustments as your subject moves.
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