I recently had the opportunity to visit my friend Dawn, and her two ‘children,’ Lady and Dude.
Instinctively, I pulled out my camera, though I wasn’t sure how the birds would react. I didn’t want to scare them. Dawn removed the birds from their cages and they carefully assessed the situation. I switched to my telephoto lens, this way I could stand far away so the birds would feel at ease.
This is Lady. She’s a Blue-headed Pionus.
Dawn with Lady as the center of attention in the photo. Lady seems to enjoy the fanfare. 🙂
This is Dude, an American Parakeet. By this time the birds were somewhat more familiar with me so I switched to the 50 mm lens. I still moved slowly and steadily to avoid spooking them. As you can see from the photo below, Dude, looks a bit skeptical.
Date: March 1, 2014
Camera: Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II)
Lens: 70-200mm, 50mm
Tips: In an ideal circumstance, I would place my models here or there – or maybe change backgrounds, add some lights, use a flash and a tripod. Maybe I’d stretch the photo shoot to an entire hour until I was absolutely certain I had the perfect photos. Clearly, I’d get carried away! But, this is not always feasible or realistic – especially with animals! So do your best under the conditions you have presented to you. It’s a great opportunity to learn and I’m happy with the outcome. 🙂