Philihase wrote in post #17035548
Tbh in my very novice opinion this isnt really true when shooting birds especially small birds like sparrows or birds in flight. They move about a hell of alot and a a burst of 5 or 6 shots within a second can make the difference between getting a catch light in the eye or not. Or another example is as a bird takes off a fast burst makes a difference to how the wings are extended, which at that speed you cant "release to the motion of the subject".
I disagree, it's all about the timing. Learn to really time the shots, by studying the behavior of whatever it is you are trying to shoot. I guess the fact that I started with a fully manual film camera clouds my opinion. The thing is that when you only have one shot to get it right then you HAVE to learn to time the shot.
I admit that there are other advantages to being able to fire a burst. For example when shooting airshows I will often be shooting with focal lengths between 300 and 400mm, hand held and with shutter speeds of 1/160. Using a three shot burst will help as often the first shot can be lost to vertical shake from hitting the button, and the last to releasing the button. In this situation you then need to time the whole thing so that you actually hit the right moment with the second shot.
With practice I can get around a 50% hit rate with aircraft travelling at around 400 Kts in opposition, so an 800 Kt closing speed, and get a image with both aircraft passing each other. Of course the high speed jets allow a bit of a higher shutter speed. The piston aircraft with 2-300 Kt closing speeds then become much easier to hit, although at 1/160 (to get decent prop blur) the one going the "other" way tends to get a lot of motion blur.