“Try to only shoot a few hours after sunrise and before sunset.”“Sweet Light” a comment used frequently when critiquing bird photos. I will try to explain what sweet light is and why it is so important. One of the best pieces of advice I was given by a talented bird photographer was. “Try to only shoot a few hours after sunrise and before sunset.” By doing this you are shooting in the best light. The best light is light that is even, soft and warm. I believe there are three stages of good light both morning and afternoon. Those being Sunrise/Sunset, Golden Glow and Detail Enhancer. During summer the time period of these three stages is shorter, probably around 2 hours after sunrise and 3 hours before sunset. In winter the days are shorter and the sun seems to be less harsh. I usually shoot up to about 10-11am and start again around 2.30-3pm. It should be noted this is in direct sunlight with no clouds. When it is overcast you can often shoot all day using flash/Positive Exp however the best results I believe are with natural light.