As the seasons change, we are starting to see different wildlife. During fall migration, there’s a higher chance of encountering birds you might not typically see. There are few things better than going on those long fall walks while leaf peeping and bird watching. And of course, since we are photographers, we love the challenge of photographing these birds! From long lens portraits to capturing birds in flight, it is always a blast to document these creatures and their many species. This week we’re featuring a group of photographers who have found the Sony system to be ideal in capturing successful avian imagery. Check out their work below and follow their Instagram accounts for more inspiration. Show us your bird images by tagging your Sony photography posts with #SonyAlpha and follow @sonyalpha for your daily dose of Sony photo inspiration.
During fall migration, these bird photographers are keeping their Sony cameras ready for new encounters.
Matt Kloskowski - @mattkloskowski
Sony Artisan Of Imagery and nature/wildlife photographer Matt Kloskowski has stated that he finds bird photography one of the most rewarding areas of photography. He describes how he loves peeking into a different world as well as the challenge that comes with it. And Kloskowski has certainly mastered this challenge! Scroll through his Instagram and you’ll see tons of striking bird images. We love the grace in the image below. Kloskowski shot this on his Sony Alpha 1 with the Sony 600mm f/4 G Master and the 1.4X teleconverter. Learn more about how he sets up his camera for bird photography HERE and see his complete photography kit in his What's In My Bag article.
Colby Brown - @colbybrownphotography
Sony Artisan Of Imagery Colby Brown is a photographer and teacher who focuses on wildlife, travel, landscape, and humanitarian photography. Brown focuses his efforts on connecting the audience with his imagery and helping them feel that passion for wildlife that he feels. He was recently in Brazil where he photographed this Toco Toucan. We love the pose and of course the bright colors! This image was taken with the Sony Alpha 9 and the Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master.
Melissa Groo - @melissagroo
Outdoor Photographer columnist, member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and wildlife advocate Melissa Groo is known as one of the best bird photographers around. She even created the National Audubon Society's Guide to Ethical Bird Photography. We love the image below that Groo made on the Sony Alpha 1. In the caption she explains, “It was tough to get a clear line of sight to him as I was shooting through vegetation, but I leaned heavily on the Sony Alpha 1's Bird Eye AF, and somehow managed to come away with a couple shots that worked.” Learn my about why she began shooting with Sony HERE.
Jess & Nathan Jones - @nathan_and_jess_jones
Nathan and Jess Jones are hobbyist bird and nature photographers based in the UK. The pair captures many bird species using the Sony Alpha 7R IV and Sony Alpha 9 bodies along with the Sony 400mm f/2.8 G Master and Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G. We love the outstanding frame below of an Osprey catching a rainbow trout. The peak action is incredible, as are the details in the water droplets.
Morgan Heim - @MoHeim
Morgan Heim is a wildlife photographer and filmmaker and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Heim is working on a project on cormorants and so she photographed them on the famous island prison, Alcatraz. We love the juxtaposition of the heavy security and man-made structures that have been overtaken by tons of birds. Learn more about Heims career and work HERE.
Sebastian Kennerknecht - @PumaPix
Sebastian Kennerknecht is well-known for his focus on wild cats and camera trapping, however he is an outstanding overall conservation photographer. We love the creamy background of the images below as well as the low perspective. Being nearly eye level with the bid offers unique framing and creates a bit more separation between the subject and the background.
Katie Bryden - @ktbryden
Wildlife filmmaker Katie Bryden is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. She made this film about the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, which is the most endangered bird in North America. This hopeful film features the efforts to protect and revitalize the population of these birds. It is beautifully shot and edited. We love learning about the species and experiencing Brydens visual storytelling.
Lana Tannir - @lanatannirphoto
Lama Tannir is a wildlife and nature photographer, a member of Girls Who Click, and a contributor to National Geographic, Tannir specializes in gorgeous bird imagery. We love this tight shot of a bird's feathers, it’s an interesting look at a bird that we won’t often see. The texture and detail really draw in the viewer. Tannir shot this image on her Sony Alpha 7R IV. Read some of her helpful tips for bird photography HERE.
Kyle Obermann - @KyleObermann
Kyle Obermann is a conservation photographer who specializes in stories of conservation in China. He uses his Sony gear to highlight species at risk and those working to protect the wild world. We love the composition of this image. We often see images of birds and other wildlife filling the frame, which can be amazing; but this image gives more breathing room. The beautiful light hitting the water, creating leading lines to the bird a bit smaller in the frame, allows the viewer to take in the scene and learn more about it, rather than a standard portrait.
Alexandra Surkova - @alexandrovich_yo
Alexandra Surkova is a wildlife photographer based in Madrid. Her Instagram feed is filled with stunning images of wildlife shot on Sony gear. We love the moment she captured in the image below. Not only did Surkova freeze the action well, the bird is lit beautifully, we love seeing the warm glow around the wings. Be sure to check out her account for more beautiful imagery!