Guilin Birds Photography

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I have two things to share with you. Firstly, I'm a beginner in bird photography. Secondly, there aren't a lot of birds in Guilin. However, if you're a bird enthusiast and planning to stay in the Guilin area for at least four days, why not join me and try our luck at capturing some birds in the countryside?

These are some recommended camera settings for bird photography:

  • Choose Aperture Priority mode and set the aperture to its maximum (widest) opening.
  • Use "Spot Metering" (a single dot) for metering.
  • Select High Speed Continuous Mode for auto-focus (set to "C" on the camera's front and "CH" on the camera dial), and set the AF Area Mode Selector to the middle selection (cross-hair).

Birds in Guilin

In my bird photography, I typically use the Nikon D810 and D500 cameras with a 200-500mm F/5.6 lens. Since the birds I photograph are usually 3-5 meters away from me, I recommend using a lens no shorter than 500mm or considering a 1.4x teleconverter to extend your reach.

Red-billed Leiothrix
Red-billed LeiothrixNikon D810 @ 500mm, ISO 500, 1/250, f/5.6
Blue-winged Minla
Blue-winged Minla Nikon D810 @ 500mm, ISO 500, 1/200, f/5.6
Spotted Laughing Thrush
Spotted Laughing Thrush Nikon D810 @ 500mm, ISO 500, 1/1250, f/5.6
Grey Bush Chat
Grey Bush Chatt Nikon D810 @ 300mm, ISO 800, 1/1250, f/5.6
Black-throated Prinia
Black-throated Prinia Nikon D810 @ 500mm, ISO 1000, 1/800, f/5.6
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Nikon D810 @ 500mm, ISO 800, 1/1000, f/5.6
Chinese Hwamei Nikon D500 @ 500mm, ISO 800, 1/160, f/5.6
Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher Nikon D810 @ 500mm, ISO 1600, 1/1250, f/5.6
Collared Finchbill
Collared Finchbill Nikon D810 @ 500mm, ISO 1000, 1/800, f/5.6