David Rayner Photography | Birds in flight

BIRDS IN FLIGHT, web 259 [v17.08, 3 additions]
It is not hard to imagine why photographers take great pleasure if they successfully capture birds in flight (BIFs as they are often known). All the more so when the end result is a nicely composed, pin sharp, photograph that portrays the grace of one of the scarcer species.
Many might agree that digital cameras have made a big difference to ordinary photographers like me. Nevertheless, disappointments and binned photos have been common. But as in other aspects of image capture, we sometimes get lucky. This gallery contains a selection of my 'BIFs' by species. The quality of the photographs varies and I shall continue to try to make improvements as well as adding new species.
The latest additions sometimes are of lesser quality than many of the original batch. Partly this is because I have come to the conclusion that I’m unlikely to be able to display in my lifetime decent images for the all BIF species in this gallery. And, as readers might suspect, I subscribe to the ‘record photo is better than no photo’ philosophy.
The extra info after some of the file names is part of my own photo management system. The info is usually obvious when seen with a thumbnail or larger. For example: [a] = adult, [f] = female, [i/j] = immature/juvenile, [m] = male, [dv] = in dark variant/morph, [pv] = pale variant/morph, [w] = winter, [s] = summer, [b] = breeding plumage.
PHOTOS ADDED [5] in v16.04 are of 4 new species (Little Grebe, Barn Owl, Stonechat and Sardinian Warbler) as well as 1 replacement (Whimbrel).
PHOTOS ADDED [7] in v16.05 are all new species namely: Crow, Hooded; Eagle, White-tailed; Fulmar; Merganser, Red-breasted; Pipit, Rock; Shag; and Warbler, Willow. All were taken on a trip to Mull, Scotland in May 2016.
PHOTOS ADDED [3] in v16.06 are female Marsh Harrier, male Lesser Kestrel and female Kentish Plover. All taken in Southern Portugal, June 2016.
PHOTOS ADDED [3] in v16.11 are Collared Dove, Moorhen & female Black-headed Weaver.
PHOTOS ADDED [4] in v17.01a are: Redwing, Stonechat (replacement), Dipper and juvenile Mute Swan.
PHOTOS ADDED [4] in v17.02 are: male, female and juvenile female (amending existing) Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit.
PHOTOS ADDED [2] in v17.02a are: replacements for existing Collared Dove and Blue Tit.
PHOTOS ADDED [3] in v17.08 are: juvenile Goldfinch, juvenile Little Bittern, and Black-headed Weaver.

Anhinga

Anhinga

Avocetc

Avocetc

Bee- eater

Bee- eater

Bittern, American

Bittern, American

Bittern, Little [f]

Bittern, Little [f]

Bittern, Little [j]

Bittern, Little [j]

Bittern, Little

Bittern, Little

Bittern

Bittern

Blackbird [f]

Blackbird [f]

Blackbird [jf]

Blackbird [jf]

Blackbird [m]

Blackbird [m]

Booby, Brown

Booby, Brown

Bullfinch [f]

Bullfinch [f]

Bullfinch [m]

Bullfinch [m]

Bustard, Great

Bustard, Great

Buzzard, Common

Buzzard, Common

Chaffinch [f]

Chaffinch [f]

Chaffinch [m]

Chaffinch [m]

Chiffchaff, Iberian

Chiffchaff, Iberian

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff