Fieldcraft and subject knowledge are essential requirements for wild bird photography. But choosing the best camera and lenses can make the difference between capturing fleeting moments of behaviour and missing them altogether.
The growing number of lightweight RF primes and zooms, coupled with Canon EOS R System mirrorless cameras that can automatically identify and track birds, give wildlife photographers an opportunity to spread their creative wings. So what lenses and cameras are best for bird photography?
Bird photography generally requires big lenses, of which there are a vast number of options in the Canon telephoto lens range. German wildlife and nature photographer and Canon Ambassador Radomir Jakubowski relies on the Canon RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF 600mm F4L IS USM for his stunning bird photography, for example, but also regularly uses the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM and even the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM.
Here, Radomir offers some recommendations while Canon Europe Senior Product Marketing Specialist Mike Burnhill provides technical insight.