Birds in flight – Pigeons

Who needs feet when you have wings to fly’ – Frida Kahlo

Despite a rather hazy start and less than promising forecast today turned out to be quite an unexpectedly glorious day! I spent the morning on my local patch but with little activity at ground level I turned my attention skywards, using the opportunity to practice some in flight photography starting with the local pigeon flock.

Having worked on my technique over the last year I can definitely see an improvement in such shots, and I’m pleased with some of my recent results.

Nestled within the middle of a town and working harbour, the ‘gap’ is not always the easiest place to photograph birds in the air, as they rarely fly just where you want them and there is inevitably many shots with a boat or building in the background instead of a preferred patch of sky.

I do personally rather like like the ‘urban’ feel to this series of images and the pigeons somehow don’t look out of place. I feel these highlight the birds in their habitat, one that they have become superbly adapted to even if it is not the most natural of places.

Capable of flying at speeds in excess of 60mph with ease, keeping the pigeons in focus whilst tracking their fast and agile flight is no easy task, but the results can be very rewarding.

Getting two birds in one shot was however more of a fluke than actual skill, but I’ll take that!

All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © 2021

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