I mentioned recently that I was switching how I focus with my 2 main Canon bodies. I went out to Nam Sang Wai this morning to give it a go. It is odd after so many years of using one method to suddenly switch to another but strangely I found the change relatively smooth. I took about 300 images and here are the 5 keepers. I thought about posting them one at a time but why? Here they are all together.
Number 1 is the 9.50 from NSW Park, the Avocet Derby and its the far bird winning by a head.
Next is a beautiful Black-faced spoonbill checking its reflection – just perfect, Spoony.
And here is Spoony having a jolly good slurp. Manners!!
A little egret in close up showing off its beautiful plumage. Beats a Norwegian Blue, I reckon.
And finally a SpotShank, banking to land. I just liked the feather detail in this.
The birds can come quite close at Nam Sang Wai – within kicking distance on occasions although this is officially frowned upon and considered bad form. Some stay a bit distant. I had an 800mm lens mounted on my 5D3 and a 400mm lens mounted on my 1D4. The 400mm was far more use and the 5D3 just doesn’t have the grunt to fire off 10fps with the 800mm – in fairness its claim is only 6fps but the 1D4 blasts through the frames and I found the focus pretty much spot on all the time. Who needs a 1DX??? (I do!) So in Antarctica I shall keep the 5D3 for penguins waddling around at slow speed (not unlike me I suspect) and the 1D4 will be for birds in flight from the deck of the ship. I do recommend disabling the shutter for AF and switching to the back button for focus. It was a revelation.