#1. "RE: LED instead of SPEEDLIGHT for BIRDS" In response to Reply # 0
Is there a specific light you have in mind? Typically, birds can be shy or startled by anything new in their environment, but then get used to it. If you're talking about an LED light that is constantly on, they are apt to scatter at first and then return if you're close to a feeding location. Different types of birds react differently. It may even be preferable to flash depending on the lighting effects you're trying to achieve.
#2. "RE: LED instead of SPEEDLIGHT for BIRDS" In response to Reply # 1
Yes, I meant that the LED would be constantly on. Certainly I would be constrained to its use if it would startle and make my subject fly away. With a continuous light source, much like a modelling light, I would be able to easily fill in shadows. Not sure how the birders would feel about it or me--that's another subject.
mkbee1 West Valley, US Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012
Tue 18-Jun-13 04:38 PM
#3. "RE: LED instead of SPEEDLIGHT for BIRDS" In response to Reply # 2
My thoughts are...LEDS are very nice, but probaby not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, and may not have the power or range you need for birding. Quite a few accomplished bird photogs use a BIG tele lens with a flash extender on a powerful flash.
If you have a blind and feeder set up at a fixed location, perhaps it would be a good thing. Let us know how it works.