Photographing birds requires discipline. There is the need to learn what they look like, where they can be found, and what their call sounds like. It requires discipline in regularly visiting the habitats where the birds can be found. It requires discipline in learning the technical knowledge to use your equipment so you can get the best possible shot. The discipline of acquiring this knowledge, can then assist the art of paying attention when out in the landscape. It is indeed an art to notice what is happening on the periphery of vision as well as in front of you or above you, and occasionally, below you. Photographing birds can teach you the art of waiting with hope, with expectation. It can teach you about responsiveness in the moment. 'Success' is usually beyond your control. You have to be present without any guarantees that the birds will be there. The waiting can be gift.
Puffin in Bardsey Sound - An iconic summer visitorBlack-headed gull - dressed for winterTurnstone clinging to a vertical wall to escape a very high tideRedshank - a small, speedy flier and noisy waderGrey Heron - moving with stealth, paying attention to tiny fish moving in the waterCanada Goose guiding her newborn goslings to safetyPuffin pair - good to have companyEider Ducks courting in order to mate and increase the numbers of this endangered speciesSedge Warbler - a tiny bird, expert at hiding with a piercing voiceSwallowMallard duckling - sign of a new season and sign of hopeSkylark - a rare moment of stillness in a life full of high flying and stunning songSinging my heart out - simply for the joy of singingBullfinchStonechat (Mrs) - a moment's perching with a very light touchGoldcrest - a bird of integrity - it has a gold crest.Kingfisher