of Bird Photography by Markus Varesvuo, Jari Peltomäki, and Bence Máté.
The book begins with some very important advice for anyone interested in bird photography – learn about your subjects! Throughout my experience as a bird photographer, I have also learned this to be essential. The book discusses some basics in the beginning such as where to find birds, what birds are in specific habitats, and characteristic bird behaviors. Knowing where to look and what behaviors to look for will allow photographers to get stunning photos. Though the book mainly discusses birds from Finland and other Northeastern European countries, some bird behaviors are universal. A good example is herons; when a heron is bent towards the water, with its neck in the shape of an S, and it is slowly leaning forward there will come a moment when the bird freezes. That means it’s about to make a go for a fish, whether you’re in Finland or the United States. Knowing about this behavior in herons makes it much easier to get action photos like this one.
background. Clearly, a lot of weather that bird photographers usually see as a hindrance can offer amazing and unique photo ops!
The Handbook of Bird Photography by Markus Varesvuo, Jari Peltomäki, and Bence Máté was a very useful, helpful book to read, full of good photography tips and stunning photos, and I would recommend it for bird photographers of any experience.