thanks for the advice... i'll try it out next time...
F8 (this is the sweet spot)
ISO200 (much cleaner than ISO800)
Spot metering - Spot metering shouldn't have the exposure (what people think is an) "issue". Spot metering here because you're shooting a white bird. It will help keep the detail in the feathers and you can always brighten it up in PP a little if need be.
I always use -1/3 EV. But, I never change it, regardless of metering mode (mostly in matrix) and it seems to do fine.
but if you're shooting flying birds, you wouldn't have the time to do it?? so do you meter off a stationary bird first, check and see if the shutter speed is ok??
I personally use Av mode. So does my friend. We constantly check the shutter speed and if it's lacking, then we up the ISO...but, only then.