Saturday morning I was playing the bachelor waiting for my wife to return from a trip, so I decided to get up early and try to do some bird photography. I had not been out to our local nature park on the Chesapeake Bay this year so I decided to go out there in hopes of finding some Sanderlings or maybe even a few straggler plovers. Low tide was just 30 minutes after sunrise so maybe I could get some good birds in good light. Plus a storm had moved through Friday night and it was much cooler. Sounded Great. Unfortunately it was very hazy and humid, the biting flies were out in force and there were no sandpipers of any kind. So I spent about an hour practicing getting terns and Ospreys in flight and diving while backlit. Didn't make for great photos but it was useful practice. I kept my camera in continuous focus, AI Servo on a Canon, while the birds flew by but once they started to hover in preparations to dive I would release the autofocus button (I use back button focus so I have control over it) and hope they stayed the same distance away as they dove. That was a pretty good assumption and I didn't have to worry about the camera picking up something in the background to focus on or reacquiring focus if I lost the bird in the frame.
I did manage to get this series of an Osprey taking off after a dive that was decent.
But the best was this "accident." I was following the Osprey in the lens and didn't realize it was getting so close to the sun. But I love the ephemeral feeling to it.
Have a great day and enjoy some truly great bird photos at Tuesday's Tweets and Wild Bird Wednesday.