Cardinal female one of our most beautiful birds year round.
As the title states it, the birds shown in this next gallery, can be seen regularly from coast to coast Canada. Whether you are located in the rocky mountains in B.C., live in a city of the province of Ontario, or near the ocean in Nova Scotia; chances are that you have encountered most of those species at least once in your life. My love for my country is no secret, and it has grown exponentially since I get to photograph this beautiful wildlife. For the lucky ones, many of those birds can even be spotted out of their own backyards, but for photographers like me, national parks are the places I usually go to immortalize some of the 630 bird species, (according to the American Birding Association A.B.A) living or migrating in Canada.
The Barred owl is one of the most cooperative owls that exist. It is calm and does not perch too high.
The American Robin is too often dismissed by photographers. And yet, it makes adorable photos.
Mallard duck are the most common waterfowl in Canada.
I do believe that certain rules are very important in order to really capture the beauty, and amazing colours of a bird. However, aside from the obvious such as: Fast shutter speed, good exposure, light, composition etc. There is nothing wrong in breaking some of them. Nothing beats spontaneity when it comes to capture a beautiful subject. Then again, not all birds are easy subjects, as a matter of fact I would say that most of them make the photographer's job challenging.
White breasted Nuthatch is very active during winter time.
The Cooper's hawk is one of the most popular hawks of Canadian forests.
Always keep in mind that the perfect situation doesn't exist; a quiet subject, bright blue sky, front wind and the sun at your back are all ideal, yet way too seldom to count on that to create the great shot. So, why don't you just go out, shoot as often as you can, and make the best of each situation. Oh yeah word of advice, know your gear beforehand. Because once in the field, there is no time to learn the settings of your camera.
The Blue Headed Vireo is a very sough after subject among birders.
The Hermit thrush's plumage details, make this small bird beautiful to photograph.
The Canada goose, this 6 foot wingspan, can be seen as far as New Zealand.
Ring-billed gull, not the most popular bird. However, it looks pretty good to me.
The Wood duck is definitely one of the most gorgeous of all ducks. This one is a male juvenile.
White throated sparrow's plumage, is full of beautiful details.
The Winter Wren migrates through, and winters across southeastern Canada.
The American Goldfinch, although very common, remains one of my favourites. We can see why.
As for the equipment I like to use, I am totally crazy about my new Canon 7D mark II; the new elaborate and fast auto focus make this camera perfect for bird photography. And because most of my pictures are taken with a long focal length lens, I learned to appreciate my Job Algonquin carbon tripod very much. Stability is by far the most important aspect of wildlife photography. When using a 600mm, it doesn't take much to completely miss the shot.
"Make each shutter click, your own work of art"
Christian Gavin 's biography
My name is Christian Gavin, and I am a Canadian wildlife photographer, a film maker and an actor. My life as a photographer is quite new, but because of my passion for art, I jumped right in, and progressed very rapidly. Wildlife photography is now a way for me to express myself through a different form of art. It is a lot more than just capturing a moment on a memory card, It is trying to create a work of art, with each shutter click.
I started out as a landscape photographer, to shift to what I believe is now my two main interests; bird and macro photography. Never before I would have thought, that a flower or a bug could be so amazing to watch. That even the smallest bird that we usually take for granted, could be blessed with such amazing colours. So, two photo books and some articles in different journals later, and my passion for wildlife and nature photography is still growing, and has definitely become a part of me.
Stock photos: http://www.globaleyeimages.com/Portfolio/3632
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