Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret

These are the types of images I look to capture.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

Besides the obvious need to be able to get in flight photographs the real issue is distance.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

The bird needs to be in the ‘sweet spot’ of a long lens, and have the light right for that spot. Both of which you have no technical control over.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

For these images it was position and luck. Luck was the bird not too close. Position was a clear open view from right to left.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

The first shot in a series is a miss, a focus shot. I better have more clear opportunities panning with the moving bird or the sequence is all misses (the lens used needs a to shift focus fast).

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

These were shot using a Sigma 150-600 C lens. The distance was also right for my Tamron 18-400. However the focus speed is not near Sigma so I most likely would have missed these.

In fairness to the Tamron to reacquire focus the search must be from 18 – 400 or until it grabs the subject. A much longer search than Sigma.

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