Ugh... Used the center 9 points F8 ISO800 1/3200 + 1.4xIII...
Starting to lose faith in the Canon setup. Middle of the day, perfect light, he slowly glided off the tree and dropped, was able to get this shot and then once there was more tree in the backround, it OFCOURSE picks out the trees to focus on, then once he slowed even more to eye some prey, then it locked back on but was still blurry.
I think the best bird images have amazing backrounds, not just a sharp bird with a blue sky. This scenario has occurred so many times it's extremely frustrating. Is it based on the whole contrast thing taking precedent over the moving object? It does wonderful for perched birds, but once you have trees, it seems to jump to those.
I have it set on case 2 "Continue to track subjects, ignoring possible obstacles" Tracking Sensitivity +2, Accel./Dece. tracking -2, AF pt auto switching 0.
Open to suggestions, but I'd rather have less megapixels and a sharp image over 30-50 megapixels of blur, let along the wasted time on countless trips thinking that "well, maybe NEXT time, I'll get that shot...." Starting to think I should actually rent a Nikon setup with the new 100-500 lens and simply compare for FLIGHT shots with confusing backrounds. Again, backround = makes the shot, unless the bird has prey or it's doing something unique, otherwise, it's just another sharp bird photo, of which most of us move to more noble pursuits/wish to grow/avoid atrophy.
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