If you can predict what your subject may do next, you can select equipment, settings, and camera angle to take advantage of the information. There are a number of hints suggesting an animal’s next move. I will discuss some of them in this and the following blog. 1) Repeated behavior, 2) reaction to the approach of another animal (friend or foe), 3) assuming a subservient pose, 4) behavior after preening, 5) preparation for flight, 6) nervousness (turning head side to side or bobbing) suggesting flight, and 6) changes in muscle tone or shifting of weight. If I am lucky, such observations allow me to capture the action. See the following images.
It was easier to capture the images of these birds in flight since I knew where the birds were going – to their nest.
When one animal approaches another it initiates some kind of behavioral response – a warm reception, indication of a willingness to mate, or an aggressive reaction. I prepare to capture whatever occurs when I always prepare for a photo opportunity when this occurs. See descriptions above.
Preening is often followed by the flapping of wings in terms of birds to rid itself of loose feathers.
If see one adult bird approach another adult with a fish or other gift, watch carefully for what will happen next. In this case, both are carrying fish. Predicting behavior often requires careful observation of the scene in front of you. More info & photos in next blog.