Behind the Scenes of Bird Photography in Scotland

Bird photography is a challenging discipline to master and it's even more difficult when you are in locations that have erratic and invasive weather. In this video, Brent Hall goes to Scotland to shoot birds on cliffs and in rivers, with Scottish weather behaving exactly as it always does: poorly.

Bird photography is popular in Scotland, particularly along its rugged coastlines and in the Highlands. There are a wealth of interesting species — which isn't the case everywhere in the U.K., I can promise you that! — including the elusive Scottish Crossbill. Hall captures a variety on his travels for this video, but the most challenging part is the weather.

If you've never been to Scotland, you might not realize just how far north it is. As a result, it is often cold and it gets hammered with rain for a good portion of the year. The weather is so unpredictable, in fact, that you need to not only be patient, but on guard. It is, however, a double-edged sword; while it can make shooting conditions insufferable, it had add atmospheric mist and fog, as well as dramatic lighting. It seems as if Hall gets a decently sized portion of both!

If you're a bird photographer, the U.K. doesn't have a large library of locations to go, with the coasts typically offering the best selections, but this video shows just how good Scotland can be if you can stomach the conditions!

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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