Flock of birds in sunset

ELEVATE YOUR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

You love watching birds. You love photography. And you’ll love this handy page. Whether you’re getting started or you’ve been shooting in the field for years, you’ll learn something new.

Bird photo by Scott Bourne

BIRDS MAKE FOR CHALLENGING SUBJECTS.

SCOTT BOURNE MAKES IT LOOK EASY
Scott Bourne Headshot
MEET SCOTT BOURNE: Author. Lecturer. Acclaimed Wildlife Photographer. Bird Whisperer. When it comes to photographing birds in their natural habitat, there are few people in the world who are better than Scott Bourne. Using his training as an ornithologist — kind of a bird whisperer — he combines 40 years of photography expertise and endless patience to capture some of the most stunning bird photos you’ll ever see. Scott’s work has been featured in more than 200 publications, and he’s traveled the world shooting birds in an attempt to “speak for the creatures who have no voice.”
Eagle by Scott Bourne
Camera in water on black background
Protects Itself

WEATHERSEALED DESIGN

Lousy weather often takes you by surprise. The OM-D E-M1 Series and our PRO lenses have you covered. They're splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof (down to 14 ̊F / -10 ̊C), so there's never a need to carry protective gear.

COMPACT LIGHTWEIGHT SIZE

Let the OM-D Series set you free. Our compact mirrorless cameras and small lightweight lenses boast the performance of pro DSLR systems. You'll have greater freedom of movement to capture better bird photos.
Lens comparison diagram

OM-D E-M1 Mark II + M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO VS. Full Frame DSLR

Fast-Flying Birds

KEEP UP WITH FAST-FLYING BIRDS

The continuous shooting speed of the OM-D E-M1 Series blows away most DSLR cameras. Capture an astounding 60 frames per second with S-AF and 18 frames per second with C-AF using the silent electronic shutter. It's easy to keep up with fast-moving subjects.
Never Miss a Shot

NEVER MISS A SHOT

Our time machine-like Pro Capture Mode ensures you nail the best shot. Press the camera's shutter button halfway to start buffering a running series of images. Once you see the precise moment you want to capture, fully press the shutter to capture that image plus the previous 35 frames all at once.
Bird grabbing fish
Precise AutoFocusing

PRECISE AUTOFOCUSING

Photographing birds in flight requires a responsive and fast autofocus system. The OM-D E-M1 Series features dual Phase Detection + Contrast Detection AF points that blanket the image sensor. Each AF point is cross-type for superior speed and accuracy.

TECHNOLOGY HAS REPLACED THE TRIPOD

Leave your tripod behind! Our industry-leading 5-Axis Image Stabilization allows you to shoot tack-sharp photos, all handheld. With up to 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation for tripod-like stability, you have more freedom for better results.
3 different photos of humming birds in flight by Scott Bourne

THIS IS ALL YOU NEED TO GET STARTED

OM-D E-M1 Mark III
OM-D E-M1 Mark III
OM-D E-M1 Mark III
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
OM-D E-M1X
OM-D E-M1X
OM-D E-M1X

TAKE THINGS UP A NOTCH

Scott Bourne has been shooting exclusively with Olympus for years. Here’s a look at what’s in Scott’s gear bag when he’ s out on assignment.

M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 for E-M1 Mark II or Mark III
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 for E-M1 Mark II or Mark III
Power Battery Holder HLD-9 for E-M1 Mark II or Mark III
EE-1 Dot Sight
EE-1 Dot Sight
EE-1 Dot Sight

Additional Photo Credits

All bird photos by Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne

Page Header: OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM F2.8 PRO | F8.0 | 1/8000s | ISO400 ; Tip 1 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100MM F4.0 PRO | F5.6 | 1/1500s | ISO400 ; Tip 2 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 PRO plus MC-14 1.4X TELECONVERTER | F5.6 | 1/80s | ISO400 ; Tip 3 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM F2.8 PRO | F6.7 | 1/1500s | ISO400 ; Tip 4 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM F2.8 PRO | F4.5 | 1/2000s | ISO250 ; Tip 5 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM F2.8 PRO | F2.8 | 1/160s | ISO800 ; Tip 6 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 PRO plus MC-14 1.4X TELECONVERTER | F5.6 | 1/320s | ISO200 ; Tip 7 OM-D E-M1 MARK II | M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300MM F4.0 PRO | F10.0 | 1/250s | ISO320