As a birds of prey photographer, the most important issue most complain about is the unpredictable nature of the birds – they’re fast creatures that can disappear in the flash of a second. With experience and years of taking snaps of birds of prey, professionals have some skills and techniques to share with the younger or inexperienced photographers to learn how to attract birds of prey.
Origin of Birds of Prey
What type of creatures are birds of prey? These are the kind of birds that are carnivorous in nature as they eat animal flesh. They usually have sharp, pointy beaks and a pointy tail. A few examples of birds of prey include falcons, eagles, vultures, hawks, etc.
Falcons are usually found in Europe, Africa and some are also found in Asia. Vultures, on the other hand, are found on every continent except for Australia and Antarctica. Their mostly found near deserts and dry areas as well. Bald eagles are found in North America, Canada, going all the way to Mexico.
Did you know? Whenever these birds shake their tail, it’s a sign of contentment, which shows they’re relaxed.
Attract Birds like a Pro
In order to attract these kinds of birds, it’s best to wear camouflage colored clothes as birds of prey like a hawk, and eagles are attracted to these kinds of colors. If you’re trying to take a picture of a hawk, it’s best to keep an owl on the camouflage-colored drape. This is because the owl will stand out with such a colored background and hawks and owls are competitors as they compete for the same food. Because of this, hawks would want to hunt down owls as, like any other bird, they wouldn’t like someone else competing with their food.
Moreover, attracting these kinds of birds with natural foods or feeding stations is the best way as they are always on the hunt. Making small nest boxes with dead animals or birds’ meat will make these birds fly to the nesting boxes. You can put this nesting box in any place you want to take the pictures of the bird.
Bird Photography Workshops with Professionals
Now that you have an idea and knowledge of some of the skills to attract birds of prey, why don’t you try it for yourself and experience it in our workshops with professional trainers? At Expedition Travellers, we offer the best bird photography tours and packages to our clients, and we would love for you to not just get the best photograph results, but also enjoy the experience while learning and practicing skills with our professional trainers. Some of our bird photography tours include Hummingbird photography in Ecuador.
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