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Most Recent Photographs by David Lilly                            

 Recommended Equipment for Bird Photography 

This is the reccommended equipment by the Canadian Bird Photographer for bird photography. Some of the equipment is expensive, buy what you can afford. Any combination of the equipment listed will get you into bird photography. Remember, no matter what equipment you use, it is important to learn how to use it. Note; it does not matter if the equipment is Nikon or Canon etc.  < To see recommadations Click Here >

Article - Removing unwanted objects from a Bird Photograph  by David Lilly

Cinnamon Teal by David Lilly

Many bird photographers assume if they buy the latest and best camera they will be a better bird photographer. We know that is not the case. Yes, you will have more megapixels, the latest processors and and a little better ISO settings for low light. 

During the last ten years camera technology has changed fast. Every new camera had some improvements worthy of upgrading. However, the technology has now gotten to the point where their is no need to upgrade if you have the latest camera. As a matter of fact today (2015) a bird photographer could purchase a camera for less than $800.00 and have more then enough resolution for any photography. Let me explain. <Read More>


Update: I just bought the Nikon D 7200 - Email me if you have questions on this camera.

Article - What Camera Should I Buy?  by David Lilly

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American Avocets by David Lilly


Red-winged Blackbird by David Lilly


Sometimes we have to photograph a bird with unwanted branches and other objects in the photograph. However, with modern photo editing tools we can remove unwanted objects easily. A quick fix to improve the look of a bird photograph is to remove unwanted objects from the photograph. In the photograph of the Grey Catbird below I removed the branches in the background. I was an easy fix, you can use the Clone tool In Photoshop or the Healing tool in Lightroom or the best is Snap Heal an App in the App Store. < Read More >

To see more of my recent Loon photographs  < Click Here >

Marsh Wren by David Lilly

 Photographing the White-faced Ibis by David Lilly

A few years ago it was very difficult to photograph the White-faced Ibis in Alberta. Their numbers were low and they were difficult to approach. Fast forward to 2015 and now it is completely different. The White-faced Ibis now returns in the spring in larger numbers to Frank Lake in Southern Alberta and  the opportunities to photograph the bird are excellent. < Read More >

 Move around to get the best light by David Lilly

Yesterday, I photographed a Pileated Woodpecker. When I first saw the woodpecker I was in a wrong position to get a good photograph ( Photo 1 below). We can't tell a bird where he or she should pose for us, so, in this case I was photographing into the overcast sky. I moved around (180 degrees) and photographed facing north and placed the woodpecker in the frame with a dark background, ( Photo 2 below) the better photograph. My tip move around,get a lower angle, but eliminate the sky from your photograph, especially when it is contrasty. Note: photos are unedited, as photographed.

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Northern Harrier by David Lilly

Great Grey Owl by David Lilly

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