White Ibis in the Mangroves

Kayaks are a great way to get close to birds without spooking them.  Of course it can be difficult to operate a camera while trying to maneuver your vessel, but with a little practice it's quite possible.  My preferred kayak lens is the 70-200 f2.8.  I can hand hold it, and shoot wide open to achieve a fast enough shutter to freeze any boat motion.  I always focus on the eyes of the subject.  As my photographer friend Beth Green always says,  "The eyes are the window to the soul, and are therefore a critical part of the portrait".   I find the same thing to be true with wildlife photography.