At the rate I'm going I'm never going to capture nice sharp shots of birds in flight. Their erratic movement requires quick reaction times, and better technique when it comes to auto focusing then I currently possess. But the more times you try something the better you eventually get, however as flighty and and impossible to sneak up on as subjects birds tend to be, makes opportunities to improve a bit hard to come by. About the best chance I can find to improve this skill comes right here on the back of the ferry. Many times they follow us looking for food tossed at them by the passengers or just lazily looping back and forth on the ferries jet stream, giving me willing target practice.
I take a dozen or two shots as they dive and rise into the water and sky, then review them to see if my success rate is improving. Afterwards I erase them all and start again. This time my practice exorcise was to try and capture a sharp shot of one of them with the cityscape as a backdrop. As I stood on the back of the boat reviewing my success / failure rate for this exorcise I felt that this particular shot didn't deserve the delete button.
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