The Art of Staying Aloft – Pictures of Flying Birds by Gloria Wilson

Gloria Wilson is a photographer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who likes to focus on expression, gesture and movement. She began concentrating on birds in particular when her four children moved away and she no longer had ‘moving props’ at home to practice on. Photographing birds can be a challenge, but the fun of hiking outside and the satisfaction of finally getting a great picture make all the effort worthwhile.

To see more of Gloria’s photography, visit her website or etsy shop.

Flying Tufted Titmouse

No.12 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

flying chickadee

No. 5 Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

flying northern cardinal

No.1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

flying chickadee

No.11 Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

flying hummingbirds

The Hummers No.6

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

No.30 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

flying tufted titmouse

No. 7 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

blue jay

No. 8 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Red-bellied Woodpecker Pheucticus ludovicianus

No.18 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

flying chickadee

No.2 Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

No. 10 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

fiying gold finch

No. 27 Gold Finch (Carduelis tristis)

Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

No.25 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

No.3 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

No.32 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

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  1. Alissa

    These pictures are so beautiful! What a great point to capture a bird: in flight! I really love the movement and colors. Fantastic. What sort of shutter speed are you using to get the movement to sharp?

    • Gloria Wilson

      Thank you, Stephanie. My shutter speeds start at about 1/500th (pretty slow) but I much prefer something over 1/1000th. Hard to get in the summer under leafy trees, but much easier in the winter with a blanket of snow to reflect light. I am generally shooting with high ISO’s.

  2. Anthony

    Absolutely incredible timing and focus! Well done!

  3. Sue Menolasino

    Amazing! Just amazing!

  4. Carmela

    These are some of the most beautiful bird pictures I have ever seen. I had each of these types of birds at my feeder, but to catch them in flight like this… simply gorgeous!

  5. Carmela Gersbeck

    What beautiful photos! I have had every single one of these birds at my feeder but to see them so close up in flight… amazing! What lens were these taken with? This is the nicest bird photography I have ever seen!

  6. Devvora Papatheodorou

    Such wonderful pics! LOVE the movement and the “reality” feel.
    Thank you for sharing those. Great eye and perspective!

  7. Virginie

    True moments of pure beauty, thank you !

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