Choice of Lens, Drive Mode, Shutter Speed and Aperture are few of the key settings to keep in mind while photographing bees.
In this, How I? blog post, reviewing one of my favorite images. From approach to settings to framing the shot is what I revisited.
Bird Watching as a Beginner - As a beginner you can start by observing the birds around you. There are various tools and techniques to help you in getting better over a period of time.
A shutter speed of 1/2500 or higher is highly recommended in bird photography. This is specially true for birds in flight or in action