Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cinnamon Bittern in flight

I got this Cinnamon Bittern as it was flying with a slightly upward trajectory over Candaba’s ricefields in 2009.

The 5D MII’s AF using the center point with surrounding assist works very well for flight shots, even with a 1.4x TC on the 500 f4 IS.  The camera actually has the same reach as my old 20D in terms of pixel density.  What’s deficient in the 5D MII for BIFs is the slow 3.9 fps frame rate. I  was just extremely lucky to get a good wing position in this shot despite the anemic fps.

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Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus , resident)

Habitat: Ricefields, marshes and mangroves.

Shooting Info – Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, Philippines, January 29, 2009, Canon 5D MII + EF 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 320, 1/1600, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support.  

Click here for some video clips of this species.

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