Birds watching and photography is one of the hardest projects a photographer can try to do.
There are many things to be considered when a photographer planning to take photos of birds.
Besides the technical issues of photography such as type of camera, composition, colors and more, all the preparation for shooting a photos of birds needs a pre-research.
Here I'll try to tell you what things I do before going out and taking birds photos:
1. Where to take photos of birds?
Well, you can go the most easy way, the zoo. At a zoo, you can find easily many species of birds (and other animals) like waiting for you to take your pictures. But, the trouble with that is that in the most zoo parks the birds will be in a cage. Taking a photos of birds in a cage might be difficult due to the bars which can interrupt your work or getting inside the photo frame.
For me, the best place to take a photos of birds is the wild, nature, national parks and regular parks. As long as the birds aren't inside a cage, this will do.
I also recommend you to look online on the web and check, read and even ask people to tell you where you will find good location for bird watching and photography.
2. Species. Of course, there are so many species of birds, so you got to do a research before what birds you going to find over your destination. Check which species located in this place and read about it's behavior, is it a fast flying birds or slow, where is it hiding, is it birds that like staying over the water or land, and so. This knowledge will help you determine how to take your photos of that bird.
3. Birds-Photography Composition. Before you get our for taking photos, check out other's works of birds photography and try to learn some great compositions of birds pictures, so you'll get a great photos.
4. Time. A lot. Getting the best frames you can, requires technical skills of using your camera, but you also need a couple of hours on your photo-action. You must be patient until you will get some great frames depending on the bird itself. If it standing on a branch or as it's flight. Don't give up, after some shots, you will get your desired photos.
5. Camera type and configuring. Taking photos of any element that moves all along might be hard for simple cameras types. Most of the photos will go blurred and so. If you want to get high quality and resolution photos, you need at least a camera that has a speed-shooting feature/mode. Most of the SLR and DSLR has this feature. So, if you have one of those, its only a matter of configuring the setting of the camera.
That's it for now.
If you like, you can visit this Birds Photos Collection - you might come out with ideas.