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Elements of a good Bird Photograph

When the elements of a good bird photograph come together the results are outstanding.

So what are the elements of a good bird photograph?

The photograph must be sharp. Sharpness is the first element a good bird photographer looks for in a bird photograph.

The photograph must be well exposed. post processing has made this element much easier.

The background must be simple and non-invasive.

The bird must have a catchlight in the eye.

In the case of a flying bird the wings in a up position always makes for a better photograph.

In order to make all of these elements come together the photographer must be competent in the use of the camera and lens.

The Ruddy Duck and the Northern Pintail to the right are good examples of good bird photographs.