Thanks to the digital age, bird photography is no longer an exclusive realm of the serious or professional photographers. Anyone with the right (not necessarily the most expensive) equipment can capture decent images that can be shared with friends and all, illuminating the minds of even the most non-outdoorsy person to the beauty of nature and birds.


With the advent of digital cameras, the cost of taking photographs has been greatly reduced. No longer do we need to process films to produce prints and slides to enjoy the images. We can now just store them electronically, call them up on our PCs, project them or print them, if we choose, or even post them online to share with others.

There are two main practices for photographing birds, i.e., digital SLR (single-lens reflex) photography and "digiscoping". Each has its pros and cons, whether it be price, quality, portability, magnification/zoom, but both can provide very good results if the appropriate equipment is used and handled correctly.

Rule of thumb

  • Nature photography in general is about appreciation of beauty and capturing the subject's image for one's own enjoyment and posterity. The world's best nature photographers are great respecters and protectors of their subjects, born out of understanding through keen observation and study of their subjects.

    Bird photography is no different. Understanding bird behaviour will help produce better photographs. Each family of birds is different. Each species within the same family can also display different behaviour. Once you understand the birds, you will find observing and photographing them a much richer experience.