The name “bird’s eye” has been given to many companies and mapping mechanisms. Who could forget Bird’s Eye vegetables? There are many applications that want you to make the connection between the bird eye and high quality products or software that can show map details for miles. The bird’s eye is a remark that is often tossed around when someone is referring to a high vantage spot that allows them to see the lay of the land for several miles. How much do we owe these wild animals?Did you know that your eye and the bird’s eye have many of the same structural features? Both the human eye and the bird eye have a cornea, retina, iris, lens, anterior chamber and eyelids. Some of these structures function in the same way for both humans and wild birds/domesticated birds. The obvious difference is the size of the eye in comparison to the rest of the body. A starling’s eye is 15% of their body mass, whereas a human’s eye is only 1%.The size of the eye depends on the bird species. Owls, for example, have huge eyes that allow them to take in more at once. For a wild bird that is important because it means that they can spot enemies and their prey much easier. Owls cannot move their eyes so they rotate their heads. How far do they rotate their heads? They rotate a whopping 200 degrees. Another difference to be found is the number of eyelids a bird has over humans. The human eye only has an upper and lower eyelid.All species of birds have three eyelids. They have an upper, lower and a nictitating membrane that cleans and protects the eye. Another difference is in the positioning of the eyes. Humans and most wild animals, especially predators, have eyes that are not as centralized as a bird’s eye. A bird’s eye is on the front of the skull and they lack the ability to see very far to the sides. This is why birds turn their heads often.Human’s can get by without their eyesight. There are many devices and advancements in medical science that allow for humans to compensate for vision loss. Wild birds do not have this luxury. If their eyesight is damaged, then they will undoubtedly starve or die without outside help from a conservation or rescue group. The bird eye may just be an organ but it is one that these two legged, winged wild animals cannot live without.
The first and most important thing to consider is RESEARCH. Do it. IT will be the most beneficial thing you can do. You need to understand the animal you are shooting. If you are shooting a fast animal you need to be ready to follow the animal as it moves and set your camera accordingly. If you are shooting an animal that might not be very active, you know you will be able to get the best crisp shot possible.Once you have done your research and you are in the field ready to shoot, it is best to find a stationary object; such as a tree or rock, that is in the general vicinity of the area in which the animal is expected. Doing this allows you to adjust your camera for the lighting and ensures the best shot possible.When shooting it may take a while for an animal to come to the area expected. To ensure you are ready for the shot when the animal is there, make sure you use a tripod or monopod. Using a support device will help your arms to not become tired and shaky resulting in either a missed shot or an unusable picture.Once everything is ready……Be Patient. Animals can be very hard to shoot in the wild and when they come around you want to be ready. Just remember that they are on their schedule. Not yours.When the animal appears start snapping. Do not take the time to look at each picture on the lcd monitor. This could be your only chance to see the animal and to waste it would result in a failed day. BE patient and BE ready!Keep in mind that you may not see an animal every time you go out. Do not get discouraged. Set a goal and stick to it.Leave the area just as you left it. Do not leave any trash or anything behind. It is the animals home and it is rude leave it a mess.Do not take food with you into the field.These are wild animals. Please be cautious as they can be unfriendly. You’re going into their territory and invading their homes.