Springtime Bird Photography Behind the Scenes

It’s the best time of year to be a bird photographer living in Wisconsin. In this video I take you behind the scenes of what I’ve been shooting lately.

Earlier this year I visited a new location that showed a ton of promise for birding activity with its ridiculous number of different edge habitats within walkable distance. Edge habitats, for example the edge of a forest next to a field, are where you’re likely to find the greatest concentration of birds since the specialists from each will overlap. However, spring came and the place was dead silent. I was very confused, but continued to visit the place a number of times over the next few weeks. On one of these trips, it was like a switch was flipped and now there were birds everywhere. It was exactly what I was hoping for. If you really believe a spot should be hoppin’, don’t give up.

Over the following week after I found the place awakened, I visited nearly every sunrise and sunset. My focus became the chestnut-sided warblers and golden-winged warblers that began nest building, but those are simply the birds that got me up from the alarm clock and out the door. On location, I saw and captured a good variety of other species as well and share them all in the video above.

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Tom Reichner's picture


Thanks so much for making this YouTube video and sharing it with us. Watching it was a wonderful way to spend 8m minutes. Heck, if it was two hours long I still would've watched every minute!

I left a comment with some questions for you on YouTube. But I thought I would copy and paste it here, because other Fstoppers may like to see what you have to say in response:

I absolutely love this video that you made, Ryan! That there looks to be an incredible location for songbird photography. It has a variety of songbirds birds that I have never before seen in any one place. How far is it from you? Do you plan on going back there again soon, before nesting season is over? If so, I would love to hear about what you see and how you do the 2nd time around.