The Fort Desoto Park is made of five islands in the St Petersburg area (Florida). It is one of the best birding spots on the Florida West coast to photograph shore birds. I would gladly take you there on a
Royal Tern portrait on the beach. This photograph was created in Fort Desoto Park, Florida.
ISO 640 | f/6.3 | 1/8000 | Manual Mode | AI servo rear focusing
I am very pleased with this creation. The background is as clean as it can be, the head angle is perfect and what a beautiful bird! How do you capture such a pose? The angle is of the utmost importance here. One needs to lay as low on the ground as possible, which will give this eye level perspective and help with a pleasing blur for background.
The photograph below is a Royal Tern shaking its wings.
Created the soon after the first photograph, this Royal Tern’s pose. A lot of attitude!
Finally, the photograph below is a Royal Tern still with winter plumage in a landing maneuver.
You might notice that some of those birds still have winter plumage with patchy whites on their head. Tips: a great way to capture landings is to handhold your lens while seating on the ground and wait for the arrival of new comers in a flock of shorebirds on the ground.
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