One bird that seems to usually be pretty elusive for me is the roseate spoonbill. I don't see a lot of them very often, and usually when I do the chances of good photos are slim. When the birds are roosting, the backgrounds are almost always too cluttered so the best chance at a keeper is usually a flight shot. This presents a whole different set of challenges because it seems that I seldom get many opportunities at flight shots either. Even when I do, everything has to be just about perfect to get a decent photo. The light needs to be in the right direction, and a small amount of flash should be used to partially light up the underside of the wings to balance the ambient light hitting other parts of the bird. If all these factors are in place, then the challenge is to capture a good flight pose and also get a sharp, well focused image. The majority of my attempts end up in the recycle bin due to one or more of the items mentioned above not being just right, but most often due to just not capturing an attractive pose.
On my most recent outing, I hooked up with a friend who was visiting Florida from Texas and we set out to try and get some flyer shots. I had some decent opportunities with various bird species, including two chances where a roseate spoonbill flew close by. I am only including the spoonbills in this post and all of these flight shots came from the same series. In the image above, the bird was flying to the left and preparing to bank back toward the right.