Wildlife Photography – Why So Serious?

Are you familiar with the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs? Have you ever looked at a Sparrow or Dove and thought “no way that can be right”? Remember how the Velociraptor looked in the Jurassic Park movies?

Well, I captured this Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron from about 25 feet with my EF 300mm f/4 IS USM + 1.4x extender. He was just standing at the edge of the water watching an alligator swim on past. As I began shooting, he quickly turned my direction and flashed me this look. That evolution theory sounds fairly reasonable now, doesn’t it?

Yellow Crowned Night Heron or Velociraptor?

“Yellow Crowned Night Heron or Velociraptor?
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on aperture priority (Av), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with an EF 1.4X II extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/6.3 for 1/200th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional UDMA digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

7 thoughts on “Wildlife Photography – Why So Serious?

  1. Hi again Jeff.

    One question for you, if you find time to give me an answer.

    I have the 100-400 lens, and have been seeing that you use the 300.

    Do you have the 100-400 yourself? If so, do you find that you’d rather use the 300 for birds photographing, and which would be the reasons?

    I ask because I know a guy that would sell -second hand- his 300, but so far I have been not interested in the lens. But who knows, maybe I’m missing a good chance.

    Thanks in advance

    • Jaime,

      I’ve used the EF 100-400mm in the past but really don’t care for the push/pull zoom and the overall size and weight. The EF 300mm + 1.4x is lighter and easier to hand-hold as well as sharper in my opinion.


      • Hi Jeff

        Thanks for the info.
        As of now, I’m not planning on buy the 300mm, but I appreciate your point of view. One never knows 🙂


  2. Very nice one.

    50D is a great cam… and in the case of many of these pictures, the photographer is also great 🙂

    I really mean it, 50D is a great tool… which shines in the right hands.

    Thanks for sharing

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