40 Wonderful Photos of Birds in Flight

Capturing great shots while the birds are keeping still on a branch or on the ground can sometimes be quite the challenge, but it becomes increasingly difficult when they are in flight.

We know that bird photography often requires specialized lenses, as well as a lot of trial and error, and of course, keeping still and hiding in order not to scare the birds away. Below are 40 examples of photos of birds in flight. You will of course notice that many of those photos show the bird against a blue sky, which is to be expected with bird photos, but the real challenge comes with creating a great composition and ensuring that you capture an interesting moment.

Don’t forget to check out our article on photographing birds and nature when the lighting conditions are not so perfect.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
Photo by Jamie McCaffrey

Northern Shovelers In Flight

Northern Shovelers In Flight
Photo by Peter Massas

British Airways

British Airways
Photo by Modestas Jonauskas

Dove

Dove
Photo by Paul Chiorean

Jacobin Cuckoo

Jacobin Cuckoo
Photo by Koshy Koshy

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron
Photo by Andy Morffew

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
Photo by Andy Morffew

Flying Cocoi Heron

Flying Cocoi Heron
Photo by Tambako The Jaguar

Hummingbird

Hummingbird
Photo by William Brawley

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron
Photo by Andy Morffew

Flight

Flight
Photo by Travis Wise

Common Shelduck in Flight

Common Shelduck in Flight
Photo by Ferran Pestaña

Bald Eagle in Mid-Air Flight

Bald Eagle in Mid-Air Flight
Photo by Ragamuffin Brian

Owl in Flight

Owl in Flight
Photo by dingopup

Vol de Perroquets

Vol de Perroquets
Photo by Jean-Raphaël Guillaumin

Caspian Catch

Caspian Catch
Photo by Ingrid Taylar

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective
Photo by Rodney Campbell

Chroicocephalus Ridibundus

Chroicocephalus Ridibundus
Photo by Hanna Sörensson

Puffin – Fratercula Arctica

Puffin - Fratercula Arctica
Photo by óskar elías sigurðsson

I Saw A Goose

I Saw A Goose
Photo by Randen Pederson

Brown Pelican Overhead

Brown Pelican Overhead
Photo by bvi4092

Parrots

Parrots
Photo by 白士 李

Colors In The Sky

Colors In The Sky
Photo by Maarten Nijman

Condor

Condor
Photo by Belinda Grasnick

The Bird Show of Blue & Yellow Macaw

The Bird Show of Blue & Yellow Macaw
Photo by Takashi Hososhima

Stalking My Prey… Kingfisher

Stalking My Prey... Kingfisher
Photo by Keshav Mukund Kandhadai

Cardinal in Flight

Cardinal in Flight
Photo by Richard Hurd

Flying

Flying
Photo by Alessandro Caproni

Seagoing Heron

Seagoing Heron
Photo by Jan

Taking Down the Moon

Taking Down the Moon
Photo by photophilde

Full Speed Ahead

Full Speed Ahead
Photo by Susanne Nilsson

Anna’s Hummingbird – Rear View

Anna's Hummingbird - Rear View
Photo by Noël Zia Lee

Flying Eagle Owl

Flying Eagle Owl
Photo by Hans Splinter

Bird

Bird
Photo by huees

Barn Owl in Flight

Barn Owl in Flight
Photo by wplynn

Hello Ladies

Hello Ladies
Photo by Erik Charlton

Flying Eagle

Flying Eagle
Photo by Tambako The Jaguar

Dive

Dive
Photo by Paul Chiorean

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
Photo by Peter Massas

Silent Hunter

Silent Hunter
Photo by photophilde

I hope you enjoyed this round-up of great birds in flight photographs and that it inspired you to get out there and capture those wonderful animals.

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