Over Memorial day weekend my family and I went down to St. Augustine Florida. While there I had the chance to visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. When you go I encourage you to buy the photo pass, it cost $80 and it is worth every penny of it. The pass allows you to get into the park an hour earlier then the rest of the visitors so you are able to still get some of the early morning light. You are also allowed to stay an hour later after the rest of the park has closed.
Before you even walk onto the boardwalk in the wading bird rookery you can ear the birds calling to each other. Once on the boardwalk it’s like you a fox in the chicken coop, everything demanding your attention. There are storks flying overhead carrying branches to their nests, while on a branch just a few feet away a Tri-Colored Heron is posing for your camera.
The bird photos in this post and on my website were all taken in aperture priority and at f7.1 a few might have been taken at f5.6. The reason that you want your camera set at f7 is because you will have more DOF or depth of field. This basically translates into the amount of the photograph that is in focus. A smaller f-stop means that less of your photo will be in focus. In case you are confused, try taking a series of photographs though the range of f-stops that your camera will allow, you will see a difference in the amount of the photograph that is in focus.