The egrets will leave a nest on a small island, fly straight across the water and collect sticks under the pines. Same routine over and over.
Once you see the pattern it is just a matter of finding an open spot and shoot hundreds of images. The more you do it the better you get. At the very least you will get a keeper along the way.
This is a series, the same bird and trip, as he flew from my right to left. I stopped as the flight was obscured by low hanging moss. The last photograph shows his path going into a climb.
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Also a note to other photographers:
You can notice the zoom / distance changes a little as the bird flies in front of me. It’s a habit I have of changing the length when following / shooting a moving bird. I don’t really plan on catching a series. By varying the zoom I can get several different types of photographs, and keep them in the frame, as I shoot 10 images a second.
That’s the theory anyway. It also has the potential for screwing up the whole sequence. If the first shot is off…you make it worse with each change.