Patience and practice pay off when capturing photographs of high country birds in flight (photos) |

Patience and practice pay off when capturing photographs of high country birds in flight (photos)

Photos by Rick Spitzer
Special to the Daily
Adolescent bald eagle in repose.
Rick Spitzer | Special to the Daily

Wildlife photography is tough. With birds in flight, it gets even harder.

Camouflage makes birds hard to find, and birds — particularly small birds — tend to move erratically. You need high-end lenses and camera equipment but then it’s tough at high magnifications to even find the subject in the viewfinder.

Once the subject is located, focusing is a challenge. Fast shutter speeds and good depth of field are necessary. Holding a heavy, long lens steady is often difficult. And, ultimately, luck is a major part of the equation.

“I often tell people that wildlife photography is a lot like fishing: Some days are better than others,” wrote Rick Spitzer, the local photographer who captured these shots. “There have been a lot of times I have been out and got nothing worth showing. Today was on the other end of that spectrum.”

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All of the shots shown here were taken at Gypsum Ponds between 8:35 and 9:09 a.m. standing in the exact same spot.

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