This post is about my efforts to take photographs of birds.
To be a bird artist you need pictures of birds, ideally ones you have taken yourself. I have occasionally managed to take a half decent photo, but wanted to do better.
First of all let me say it is not a simple thing to do. The experts make it look so easy! My biggest problem is patience – it runs out very quickly when faced with a view from a hide with absolutely no birds in it.
I recently arrived at a hide to find no room to sit down with my camera. I could however see
that there were birds a-plenty. Looking good so far – chaffinches, blue tits, great tits, marsh tits, nuthatch and a greater spotted woodpecker. I was already planning future paintings in my mind. Yes – you guessed it – by the time I found a place to sit and set up all the birds were gone!
What have I learnt so far apart from “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again”? Well first of all to just sit, relax, appreciate your surroundings and listen to the birdsong. Birds will not arrive to order, but that is the exciting thing – you never know what you will see. Now when I look at a photo of a bird I think about the effort the photographer went to. It does make you appreciate them more.
I have not painted a blackbird yet, just a preliminary sketch to get ideas. They do seem more willing to pose for photos than most birds!