A Day In The Life Of A Bird Photographer

balerina cardinal photo by Scott Bourne A northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) leaps from a perch in southern Texas - Olympus OM-D E-M1 X w/ Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 Pro Lens

*Research great locations and times for bird photography…
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*Make travel reservations and spend lots of money for airplane tickets, rental cars, hotels and lodging…
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*Fly for six hours to get to a destination full of birds…
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*Go over all the gear, make sure batteries are charged, cards are formatted, backups are in the bag…
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balerina cardinal photo by Scott Bourne
A northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) leaps from a perch in southern Texas               Olympus OM-D E-M1 X w/ Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 Pro Lens

*Get up at Zero Dark Thirty to drive to bird blinds…
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*Spend seven plus hours daily (for a week) in the bird blind, waiting for birds…
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*Find PERFECT backgrounds and perches and then wait for the birds to come to those perfect backgrounds and perches…
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*Apply all the skill you have to nail that decisive moment when the bird finally drops into the background for a split second, and you get the shot…
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*Go back to hotel to download cards, recharge camera batteries and look at the day’s images…
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*Share a picture to social media to try to add some beauty to an increasingly ugly world…
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*Eat an energy bar, get a few hours sleep before setting out to do it all again the next day…
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