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The Savvy Winter Bird Photographer, Part 1

The Savvy Winter Bird Photographer, Part 1

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When winter rolls around, many bird photographers choose to hibernate like a bear or fly south like a bunting. However, with a few precautions and considerations, winter can be an excellent time of year to photograph birds, even in the northern climates. Over the years, I have made dozens of trips to photograph birds in some pretty extreme locations, such as the high arctic, northern Michigan, and northern Minnesota. In this first part of my two-part series, I will share my strategies to prepare yourself and your gear in the best ways for dealing with extreme weather. I will also discuss some field techniques that will help you overcome some winter-specific obstacles. In Part 2, I will share how to create your own backyard bird studio and also suggest a few winter bird photography destinations.

Dressing appropriately allowed me to stay out for the last rays of the day despite the blowing wind and plummeting temperature.

Bird photography is supposed to be fun, but being cold is never a good time. Pursuing northern birds at high latitudes in winter presents many challenges, but the potential rewards far outweigh my desire to snuggle under a blanket by the fire. To stay warm, it is of utmost importance to protect your head, hands, and feet from the elements. When protecting your head, be sure not to neglect your neck, ears, and face. I use a combination of balaclavas, fleece neck gaiters, and multiple stocking caps. I hate breathing moist air through a full face mask, so in extreme cold I need to pull one of the neck gaiters up over my nose from time to time. A scarf can come in handy, as well.

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