I was going through my flickr stream and thought these photos of water birds might brighten your day.
Photo tips when shooting birds in flight (or any action - I follow these steps when shooting sports):
- Use the Continuous Focus Tracking mode on your camera. Some cameras have a "Sports Mode" which is a continuous focus mode.
- Use the Continuous shutter release which will actuate your shutter continuously when you depress it.
- If you have plenty of light, use the Aperture Priority Exposure mode, and set your aperture at least two stops from full open. (although I don't always follow this rule, as the top two photos were taken at f2.8)