Photographing birds in direct sunlight will allow for faster shutter speeds, for birds in flight this is important for freezing the action and capturing clear images of the wings and the details in the feathers.
The faster the bird moves the faster the shutter speed. One of the holy grails of wildlife photography is capturing the fast moving wings of a hummingbird.
Be prepared to set up your camera equipment and then wait, relatively motionless. Movements can startle and scare off the birds. By remaining motionless the birds will not perceive the photographer to be a threat and may venture closer. The use of a hide can also help, and a vehicle can make for a useful hide if a permanent one is not available.
Wait for the birds to come to you, for them to fly overhead.
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