Sometimes it’s the gear. That simple (my opinion of course). We shoot, and by default practice, a lot. But captures like this are too fast and happen in an instant. This heron darted between 2 small islands in a marsh.
I was carrying a Canon 7D2 with a Sigma 150 – 500mm. Both designed for fast focus and side to side movement. Last year I would have been using a monopod, but not now since I would break my neck twisting around out here in the williwogs.
I try to keep shutter speed low here (1/800) because light can go from bright sun to dark shade quickly as you follow a subject.
As soon as the bird reached the reeds the shot was gone. Weeds out there a thick and the images are beyond any touch ups in Photoshop or Lightroom.
In fairness I’m sure the Nikon 500 with a Nikon/Sigma/Tamron long lens would catch this too. Other setups I’m not so sure.
Note: Exif 1/800, f 7.1, ISO 800, 500mm