01 September 2017

Birds in Flight Photography

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Regular Birds in Flight Photography at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town is without doubt the photography genre I enjoy most, not just spending time photographing the more than 40 species on / around the Island, but also the research, development, and presentation of the Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Cape Town.

I find the advances in modern Canon EOS DSLR phase-detect Autofocus systems fascinating and spend many hours with my Canon cameras experimenting / looking for ways for extracting the maximum value from various bodies and telephoto lenses. 

Photographing Birds in Flight Cape Town
Photographing Birds in Flight is a challenging genre, but the modern Canon AF System, tracking ability and excellent range of Canon EF telephoto lenses provides for a very good DSLR camera / lens combination for photographing Birds in Flight. I've had some great results over the years with the following Canon EOS DSLR bodies (both personal and with Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Cape Town delegate testing experiences at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town):
  • Canon EOS 700D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS Advanced Autofocus Training Cape Town
Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Birds in Flight Workshops / Private Training Cape Town
I facilitate regular Birds in Flight Workshops in the Milnerton / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. 


From intermediate to advanced Canon Autofocus systems including all Canon DSLR bodies up to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Workshops Cape Town overview.

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Advanced Autofocus Workshop Cape Town
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My Birds in Flight Canon Camera Gear / Combinations

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
I predominantly capture Birds in Flight with this combination mainly for the following reasons:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

  • Advanced AF system with multi-controller support
  • Wide Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 10 fps continuous shooting and deeper buffer
  • Slightly better ISO noise improvement
  • Dual memory card slots

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

  • Reach: 400mm x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Fix focal length / f/5.6 aperture
  • Built-in lens hood
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Light weight

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Before I acquired the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I had no issues shooting birds in flight with the Canon EOS 70D and the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens combination.

Currently I use the Canon EOS 70D [aired with the super-sharp Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens for closer birds.

Canon EOS 70D
  • Responsive AF system
  • Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 7 fps continuous shooting

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

  • Reach: 300 x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Variable focal focal length 
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Compact

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 6D paired with the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 6D  - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
I do not use this Canon combination very often, but in my opinion opinion the Canon EOS 6D works very well for birds in flight. Many photographers don't even try as there are a few misconceptions that the 11-Point Autofocus system is not 'fast enough' for tracking and capturing fast flying birds.

Canon EOS 6D
  • Full Frame Sensor
  • Sensitive center-point AF Point
  • 4.5 fps continuous shooting and deep buffer
  • Excellent low light shooting / ISO Management

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

  • Reach: 300 x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Variable focal focal length 
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Compact

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 6D


Birds in Flight Cape Town on Instagram

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Canon Equipment Reviews / Tests / Future Thoughts For Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D / EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Birds in flight Test
Canon EOS 6D / EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Birds in flight Test

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : First Impressions Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM First Impressions Cape Town

Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography : Paired with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography : Paired with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 80D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5L IS II USM Lens : First impressions / Test Shoot Cape Town
Canon EOS 80D / EF 100-400mm f/5.6L IS II USM Lens : First impressions / Test Shoot Cape Town

Two Canon EF 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photographers
Two Canon EF 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photographers

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography


Introduction to Birds in Flight Photography: Camera & Lens Settings / Tips
Introduction to Birds in Flight Photography: Camera & Lens Settings / Tips


Long-Term Use / Discussion of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Long-Term Use / Discussion of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
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Birds in Flight Photography Workshop: Supporting Document Links
Birds in Flight Photography Workshop: Supporting Document Links

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Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Lightroom Post-Processing

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Cropping & Post-Processing
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Cropping & Post-Processing


Show Active Focus Points in Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 CC
Show Active Focus Points in Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 CC 

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Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Social Media / Facebook Support


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Facebook Page
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Facebook Page

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group

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My Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Location

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Woodbridge Island
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Table Bay Nature Reserve
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Table Bay Nature Reserve


Birds Species at Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town
Birds Species at Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Woodbridge Island Map / Directions
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Woodbridge Island Map / Directions 


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island Cape Town