Low Light Bird Photography
Low light bird photography is problematic since birds move, sometimes very quickly. So a fast shutter speed is required to freeze the action, but with low light availability that is not possible lest the evils of high ISO noise ruin the image. Secondly, long lenses tend to be slower, F4 if you are rich and F6.3 if you are poor-ish and even up to F11 if you are a Canon RF shooter. With all due respect to Canon and its customers, I just don't get people buying their slooooow long lenses (for shutter speed and background blur reasons). Thirdly, following the movement of the birds with your camera with a long lens attached also requires a fast shutter speed to cancel out motion blur. So, how do you shoot a fast moving subject with a long slow lens in low light? Back to this question a bit later.
Scenes such as this can be tricky as much of the image is brighter than the bird. If the bird is small in the frame one can let the bird become a silhouette. If the bird is larger in the frame it is usually advisable to see some detail on the bird. The camera will typically want to darken to bird too much due to the brighter other parts of the image. Don't let it, shoot in manual or use exposure compensation to control the camera.
Here are some tricks to help you get low light bird images.
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