Long Lens Adds New Dimension
But the purchase of a
Canon EF 100-400mm image-stabilized lens has
allowed me to start taking better bird photos.
Coupled to a crop-sensor Canon EOS 450D SLR digital camera, this awesome piece of glass gives me the
equivalent of a 640mm F5.6 lens when fully zoomed.
Camera Shake Remains a Threat
On various safaris to Kruger National Park, Chobe National Park in Botswana and Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park,
I've had to photograph from a vehicle, so use of a solid tripod is impossible, making a beanbag essential.
Essential Reference Guides
Taking bird photos forces one to identify the subject. Previously neglected books like Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa, the Field Companion to Roberts,
and Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa, are now in regular use.
These books have different strengths: Roberts is still regarded as the "bible" and contains in-depth
information; the Field Guide is handy for finding information quickly, while Sinclair's book
offers actual photos of birds rather than drawings, so is useful for comparisons.
Bird Photo Captions
1.Yellowbilled stork, Kruger National Park, South Africa
2.African Spoonbills, Tala Private Game Reserve, S. Africa
3.Blackheaded Heron, Tala Private Game Reserve, S. Africa
1.Hooded Vulture, immature, Kruger National Park, S.Africa
2.Hooded Vulture, Kruger National Park, South Africa
3.Southern Ground Hornbill, Kruger National Park, S Africa
1.Helmeted Guineafowl foraging, Kruger Park, S.Africa
2.Helmeted Guineafowl, Kruger National Park, S. Africa
3.Crested Frankolin in tree, Kruger National Park, S.Africa
1.Bateleur Eagle in flight, Lower Zambezi, Zambia
2.Lesser Masked Weaver, Kruger National Park, S. Africa
3.Male Ostrich foraging, Tala Game Reserve, S.Africa
1.White Faced Owl, Kruger National Park, South Africa
2.White Faced Owl, immature, Kruger Park, South Africa
3.Scops Owl, Kruger National Park, South Africa
1.Redheaded Weaver, summer plumage, Kruger Park, S.Africa
2.Young bateleur eagle, Kruger National Park, South Africa
3.Whitefronted Bee-eater, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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