Eagles in flight..

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D750, 80-400mm f4.5 lens, Handheld.
First time shooting birds in flight..
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consider making changes to settings,

f/11 way too much DOF
1/500 not nearly fast enough
1/4000 too fast

I like 1/3200 for BIF, f/5.6 is usually fine at 400mm, adjust to taste based on resulting ISO
 
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consider making changes to settings,

f/11 way too much DOF
1/500 not nearly fast enough
1/4000 too fast

I like 1/3200 for BIF, f/5.6 is usually fine at 400mm, adjust to taste based on resulting ISO
For large birds like eagles 1600 is more than fine, I try to stick between 1600 and 2000 shutter speed for large birds, especially when light is not optimal, Eagles, Osprey, Hawks, smaller birds I go 2500 and up, 3200 and up preferably.
The only time I use higher shutter speeds for big birds is when there is more than enough light which helps from over exposing, the same goes for white birds like Egrets, the lower you can keep the shutter speed the lower your ISO will be.
But that's just me.
 
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Not bad for the first time BIF shots.
When shooting large/dark birds like eagles "especially from the bottom", try to keep the shutter speed 1250 - 2000, also use center weighted metering, as you don't want the censor metering "the entire scene" bright blue sky" which will underexpose the dark birds underside" f-stop should be between 5.6 and 7.1 no need for more, lower f-stop more headroom for the buffer, and you can also adjust exposure using your exposure compensation dial.

Here are a few samples.

1. Shutter speed 1250 "lousy dark overcast sky", at F4.5.
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2. Shutter speed 1600, overcast skies, ISO set to 6400 at f7.1.
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3. Shutter speed 1600, at f5.6.
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4. Shutter speed 1250, 70-200mm with 1.7TC overcast/dark skies at F4.8.
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Hope this helped you out a bit, just go out and shoot as much as possible, it's all trial and error, only way you will get better, once you know your gears strengths and weaknesses it will make it much easier to make adjustments for what the scene calls for.
 
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Not bad at all. Others gave good advice on ss.
I always use matrix metering and exposure compensation (i shut in manual mode with auto ISO.) i alaso check the histogram after a coupl of shots to se how my exposure compensation is working out.
 

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