Aside from this great site, I also frequently visit a number of international wildlife photography sites. Naturally, these are dominated by Americans who would be talking mostly from their local experience. Several of these sites offer very good lines of constructive criticism and educational resources, and one piece of advice that seems to predominate is that the morning/evening light is best (standard outdoor photography rule) and we should get out early and late to photograph birds. Furthermore, this advice seems to be offered across the whole spectrum of bird types and ecotypes.
Before getting to my point, I should explain that my photography is pretty much confined to birds of the rainforest, woodland and heathlands around Sydney, so I guess my comments are particular to these places. I dont often photograph waders or ciconiiformes which would be easier to get in the sweet light because they basically have nowhere to hide. What I find is that if I go out before say 10:00am (winter) or 7:00am (summer) then I find scarcely a bird to photograph. I guess they are there, but they are not active and when not active they might as well be invisible. The evening is even worse.
If I look at my photo gallery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25163113@N08/) I find that nearly every photograph has been taken in strong natural light, with the exception of birds of the deep forest. Most times so much light has been captured it is on the verge of ruining the image - in fact I think most overseas critics would say the images are already ruined for this reason (and doubtless for many others).
So I wonder is there a difference here - do Aussie birds just get up later ? Has anyone else noticed this, or are other people successfully photographing bush birds in early morning light ?
keen to hear your views