Bird Photography – White Ibis in Flight

The White Ibis is a strange looking bird with its long red curved bill. I rarely see them flying as they always seem to be head-down, looking for food in the shallows of a lake or bayou.

Some folks have reported auto focus issues with the EOS 40D and 50D in AIServo mode. I’ve never noticed this with either camera and in fact, the 50D’s AF system seems very accurate and fast for me. In my opinion, there’s no better real-world AF test than capturing birds in flight and if you want to check focus look right at the bird’s eye.

White Ibis in Flight

White Ibis in Flight
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with a 1.4X extender at 420mm, f/5.6 for 1/750th of a second at ISO 125 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

5 thoughts on “Bird Photography – White Ibis in Flight

  1. This looked quite interesting when I saw it the first time. The crowd didn’t exactly give it particularly great reviews as far as cost/functionality.

    What are your thoughts about it? Perhaps a post would be in order.

  2. I really like this camera. It’s great. I just need to figure out how to get the best out of the microfocus adjustment. I think that’ll just put it over the top.


    • Happy New Year Brian!

      Yes. It was an early Christmas gift. The weather has been so rotten here I’ve only had two outings with it since the first week of December. The resolution of the 50D is incredible but the size of the RAW files is almost 17 MB and this can really fill up a CF card fast. I’m not seeing the poor high-ISO noise issues others were experiencing and in fact, at ISO 1000 there is almost no difference in noise levels between the 50D and 40D. The new LCD is superb and is readily visible, even in sunshine. The AF system also seems much faster than the 40D and in AIServo mode, more accurate.


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