Here are some things to remember about sun and wind when taking pictures of birds:
•Birds generally face into the wind, both in flight and when they’re perched.
•The wind and sun from the same direction is ideal for flight and ground images. Winds from the south and west are ideal for late afternoon photos.
•For making profiles of birds in flight, shoot on days when the wind and sun are around 90 degrees apart.
•If the wind is against the sun in broad daylight, look for shaded and sheltered areas.
• On a very overcast day, the lighting is mostly omnidirectional, so the wind direction in relation to the sun is much less important.
Adapted from The Art of Bird Photography II by Arthur Morris, self-published on CDROM, 2007; www.birdsasart.com, $42.