Blend in for them to come in
If a bird sees you sitting very close to a perch you want it to land on, chances are, it won’t fly in and sit right in front of you. By using camouflage, or sitting in a hide, a bird won’t see you as a direct threat, therefore increasing the chances of the bird getting closer to you. Using a LensCoat helps break up the shape of a large lens and is thus a good investment.
Birds can be really stubborn sometimes! An eagle that looks like it’s been waiting to fly for the past 10 minutes might just decide to fall asleep instead. That can become very frustrating. When it comes to photographing birds you need to have a lot of patience!
The famous dawn chorus
About an hour or two before and after sunrise is known as the dawn chorus. During this time, birds are at their most active; singing, foraging for food or sunbathing to heat up. Use this time to examine their activities and shoot.
Use a camera trap
Which would you say works better: a “gigantic and unpredictable” human with a camera in hand; or a stationary camera that is hidden away (taking photos using a Pocket Wizard, Camtraption or any other off-camera release system)? By setting up your camera in a place birds frequently visit, like a waterhole, feeder or even an area they walk on frequently (like penguin “highways” carved out of the snow) you can produce some amazing close-up shots.