This weekend went on a Wildlife photoshoot at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge with my photography club. We usually go on workshops to shoot once a month and this month we went on a wildlife shoot. At this particular spot is a bird migration spot for many water fowl. Water fowl of all kinds migrate here from up north. Tundra Swans, Canadian Geese, Snow Geese, many species of duck also migrate here. This time of the year its a great place to take photo's of birds. Neal Jernigan a local wildlife photographer who leads workshops (and is also a member of the club) took us there. We had a great time although the snow geese had already left for the north. But we still had lots to shoot. Birds, ducks ,landscapes and all kinds of stuff. We started at Lake Pungo and saw some birds but not like we saw last year . Last year we saw 10's of Thousands of birds in one field. We also saw some bear last year but alas they weren't around this year. Because the wild life at Pungo wasn't great we went to Engelhard NC a fishing community and took some great shots by the docks of the shrimp boats. We then had lunch at a local restaurant that was great. We always try to eat at a local spot. We then went to Lake Mattamuskeet and shot birds until it was time to shoot sunset. A super day was had.
Now Im not a wildlife photographer and this is a chance to get me out of my comfort zone. Wildlife photographers use a lot of large lenses and my biggest one is my 70-200mm f2.8 and I do have a 2 X converter that will make it a 400mm f5.6 lens which is still on the small size for Wild life photographers. Whats good about going out with a group is that you can borrow equipment and learn from people that do different kinds of photography. Most photographers love to give advice and help others and talk about how we do things. (we don't really get the chance to do so)
Shooting wildlife seems to be all about getting good focus. With the long telephoto lenses you would think that its easy to get great focus all of the time , but you would be wrong. Its very difficult to get focus on a fast moving object like a bird or moving animal. I have nothing but respect for the wildlife photographer that can get great focus on a fast flying bird. And not to mention composition on a moving target is almost impossible for me but to the seasoned wildlife photographer it can be done easily.
So try you hand at wildlife photography even if its just birds in your back yard. Keep Shooting!