Getting better photos of birds can be challenging given how unpredictable they can be. But you can take confidence in knowing that you can do it with a very minimal amount of gear.
Though this video is very Nikon DSLR specific, it includes lots of great tips on how to do just that. For starters, they recommend that you start out at a local nature preserve. They also tell you that telephoto lenses are better, to stop your lens down, shoot in aperture priority, raise the ISO, and to shoot a bit wider to get the entire bird in flight. But they also include tips like manually choosing a focusing point, using continuous focusing and a lot more.
But most of all, we really like that they emphasize shooting with a clean background. This is something that we always state when it comes to portraiture, and it applies to bird photography too.
The video on getting better bird photos is after the jump.