Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

It’s for the Birds


The little lake off our back deck attracts an amazing array of birds!  From our back deck, it’s not possible to zoom in on these beautiful birds with my 300mm because it just isn’t long enough.  Even on my DX.  So the day I had my momentous walk around the lake, I had my 300mm in tow and tried to get a bit closer.  Bird photography is quite different from the landscapes and macros I’m used to.  I quickly realized I needed a very fast shutter speed, especially for the egret in flight.  You can even see he is wearing his “golden slippers” as they call them.  I got about four shots of him before he flew off into the tree.  I thought it so funny that he sat in that small tree.

The number of birds I’ve already identified is quite extensive!  For bird lovers, the list is (and I know there are many small birds that I haven’t identified yet):  Great blue heron, great white egret, green heron (juvenile in November), robin, bluebird, black phoebe, scrub bluejay, finch, anna’s hummingbird, sparrow, plover, red shouldered hawk, white tailed kite, kingfisher, crow, mallard duck, merganser duck, comorant, buzzard, northern flicker, northern harrier (juvenile in Nov), Turkey, Canadian Goose.

The last image I tried a blur technique.  You may have seen this expertly done on the Mythical Horse blog, but I thought I’d give it a whirl.  I hadn’t read up on how to do it yet, so I just sort of tried to create it myself with the photoshop knowledge I already have.  I would love to explore this further because I think the results can be quite beautiful.


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

97 thoughts on “It’s for the Birds

  1. Bird photography is addictive.

  2. Great shots, Laura! I love birds! I love all your photography though. 🙂

  3. LOVE the blurred mallards! That is gorgeous. The Egret in flight is really cool too. Draw and Shoot, is another source for inspiration, in terms of blurred interpretations of images. If you don’t know of her work, I can give you the link.

  4. Oh yes ,,, I love them…. there are great captures there…

  5. These are just beautiful! Yes bird shots are tricky – I find my lens is a bit slow (300mm) and it can be frustrating – but it really is fun!

  6. Long lens plus fast shutter speed is a difficult combination unless you have a good high ISO plus fast lens combination between camera and lens. Nice shots regardless –

  7. Where do you had shot the pics (I’m new on WordPress…. Sry… but I like you blog)

  8. All wonderful Laura! I love the egret in flight and the mallards are processed beautifully. There’s an essence of what Katrina does but you’ve made it your own 🙂

  9. A 300 mm lens is not enough for birds unless it is a specy that wants to collaborate with you …… so far I have found that only ducks and canadian geese are not afraid of humans. Sometime you have your lucky moment where you stumble on a bird that is asleep at wheel and did not notice you, but you have to be fast on the camera and you do not get all the time you need.

    But this problem makes a nicely captured shot more rewarding for my photographer ego

  10. Beautiful!! The last photo could be a gorgeous wall photo.

  11. Great photos Laura, the last one of the mallards is just amazing, a great effect. I love the egret in the tree, the way the tree trunk reflected in the water echoes the birds legs is inspired!

    • I’m so glad you like them Katie 🙂 It’s my first time doing action bird shots and the mallard one was kind of boring so I tried to liven it up. And yes! That Egret in the tree was so funny to me. Such a small tree for it to sit on. 🙂

  12. Beautiful images, Laura. Great captures! The mallard image is OUTSTANDING!! I love, love, love it!! I think you knew I would… 🙂 Very very nicely done.

    • Thank you Katrina! I hoped you didn’t mind I try my hand at it. I would never want to copy someone’s work and it’s why I put your link in the body of my post. But thank you!! I’m so glad I was successful. I probably went about it differently but hey, variety is the spice of life! I want to get that ebook of Denise’s very badly but it’ll have to wait till after the first of the year. ❤

      • Laura! I have no reason to mind! There are lots of people doing this kind of photography, it’s just a style. If you like it, go for it! I expect we all bring our own twist to it. 🙂 And there are certainly several approaches to capturing/processing blurs. Keep experimenting, you’ll find your own way to get what you want. 🙂

  13. Ah beautiful Laura. I love birds! Wow, you have a real sanctuary near you. Such variety and fun to watch. Theyre always doing something!! 😀
    Lovely images and nice captures.

  14. The last photo (of the ducks) is awesome. Love the blurriness of the 2 bird in the front.

  15. These are wonderful. The mallards are a work of art. When shooting birds, I shoot at 400 ISO, and around F4, this give me maximum speed, if I can I increase the f-stop.

  16. Lovely .. You have inspired me as always 🙂

  17. Laura, the first and last pictures are simply magical.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  18. I too love shooting birds and just mentioned getting a new head for the tripod. I love that last image’s edit.

  19. The first one, Wow! All are great captures, Laura!

  20. Oh my goodness! I love birds, and your photos made me so happy. You must be on a flyway to have such variety. Beautiful photos!

  21. And the birds know what they are doing. 🙂 Great captures of these beautiful creatures. Have a great Sunday!

  22. The flying Duck shot is an ace.

  23. Around here the birds have flown south already. Only the idiot birds stays behind.

  24. wonderful and yes I love the blur!!!

  25. Beautiful shots ~ the last one of the mallards is excellent, processed perfectly.

  26. I hadn’t seen the shot of the egret in the tree. A beautiful capture. Thanks for sharing.

  27. These are fantastic Laura. I especially love the last one.

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