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03.03.13         photography  

Hawaiian Black Necked Stilt


Today I thought I would see how the Canon 6D does as a wild-life camera. There are a few bird sanctuaries around Kihei, one I drive by almost everyday. We have a very rare bird here called a "Hawaiian Black Necked Stilt" which have these really long legs and beaks. It is estimated there are only 2,000 of these guys: Black Necked Stilts on Wikipedia

I saw a few of them out today, so I slapped on the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L and quickly realized that on a full frame camera, the 70-200 just doesn't have the reach you need. It would work on a 7D because of the smaller 1.6x sensor, it becomes a focal length of 320mm, but the 200mm on a full frame definitely wasn't enough:

This is at 200mm. I was standing probably 30-40 feet away.
Went back home, got the Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 L IS and it did much better….
But it still wasn't enough for me, so I threw on a Canon 2x iii Extender extender. You lose auto focus on the 100-400 with a 2x extender, but I just focused through the very narrow range and snapped several shots. This was the best:
Im definitely not a bird or wildlife photographer, but I do think its fun to change it up. We have a few more rare birds around I will be keeping my eyes peeled for.

The Canon 6D really gets a bad rap for whatever reason, it's a GREAT camera and I do believe it will suit just fine for wildlife and even decent sports shooting.

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