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Seven ways to improve your bird photography

When we consider the pictures submitted to this magazine, we often wonder: How do the photographers do it? By what magic do they produce such beauty? As professional Jeffrey Rich tells here, no exotic alchemy is at work, just patience, familiarity with the locale, openness to the unexpected, knowledge of the subject, and playful imagination — factors that can bring magic to your photos, too. –The Editor

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) at Tule Lake NWR, California.  Photo ©Jeffrey Rich
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) at Tule Lake NWR, California. ©Jeffrey Rich

1. Add behavior to make a bird look larger in the frame than it really is

Finding a cooperative Barn Owl in the early-morning hours is always exciting. But this photo could easily have been nothing special: a bit far with an average background, just an owl standing on a rock, a portrait too small in the frame. But the bird was getting soaked in the rain.

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