Bird watching is one of our favorite past-times while we are RVing, and recently we’ve come into the fun hobby of bird photography. Now, you don’t have to be experienced to do either one at all and we encourage you to try it out! This also is great way to get out and enjoy the area you are visiting as well as get some much needed exercise especially if you’ve been traveling a long while in the RV Texas. There are tons of resources to get started in bird watching like what type of binoculars are good, the best places to go and when, but now that I’m into bird photography I thought I’d talk a little bit about camera’s and a few tips on taking photographs of birds.
Bird watching is awesome, but with a camera you can capture that moment on film to treasure later on as well as have the ability to share with friends. When it comes to camera’s there are several different types. First there are the highly popular digital cameras and then there are the old school 35 mm cameras that use actual film that you later have to develop. Then there are also point and shoot cameras which I wouldn’t reccommed for this type of photography, but since there are variations of them and some can zoom well, you may be able to get away with one. Point and shoot cameras are also more affordable then SLR cameras. These are the bigger cameras you see professionals use, but there are entry level ones available too. I use a digital SLR, or DSLR, camera when photographing birds.
In addition to your camera, and if you purchase a SLR camera then you also have the option to use different types of lenses. This is very helpful as most birds like to keep their distance and this is where a zoom lens comes in very handy. A quick shutter speed, manual aperture adjustment and fast continuous shots are also other things to keep in mind when looking for a camera.
Once you’ve found your camera get out and start shooting the birds! With practice you will learn about the many features that come with your camera. You can also take an RVing trip to where you think you will have the best possibility of seeing birds. There are tons of resources out there to help you find those birds!
Before you head out, stop by any ExploreUSA RV Super Center and check out a great new RV Texas! And we’d love to hear of any bird photography tips to. Just comment below!