It’s always worth getting up early when you’re taking photographs, whether wildlife or landscapes. The 2 hours after dawn can produce the most wonderful hues and the warm soft light on the subjects is worth the early rise. This Grey Heron has a lot of white, so bright sunlight would burn out the whites more easily than soft morning light does.
This bird came cruising in from the far side of the reserve. I had heard it call, so new it wasn’t far away, so I kept as quiet as I could and didn’t move.
A fill flash may well have helped with the exposure of the wing underside, but i didn’t have it attached and it may well have spooked the bird, or at best prevented me from getting further shots from its flight towards me.
Another “pied” bird is the Oystercatcher. Early light helps prevent burn-out of the whites.
Of course sometimes there is almost no light to play with. These are the times where a balance between digital noise and shutter speed conspire with each other to ruin your shot. This Grey Heron was photographed at dawn at Seahouses, Northumberland. A warm July morning was promised by a beautiful dawn glow in the sky. Lucky for me this Heron swooped by across the bay.
These gulls crowded the breaking surf looking for food.
Boats set out in the morning light.
If you can, get out before dawn, or after sunset. All photographers do this and there’s a very good reason why – the light is fantastic at these times of day!