One of the things I wanted to see is if I could use a Rebel XSi to get more reach with the telephoto lenses, so I spent the first 1/2 hour shooting with the XSi. Unfortunately, the XSi has two big pitfalls for wildlife photography:
- Confidence in AF. I just wasn't confident that the AF was locking onto the part of the bird I wanted.
- Tiny buffer. The Rebel XSi's small buffer definitely was starting to become a limitation, even for just photographing shore birds.
I managed to get several images from yesterday that I am happy with. Starting at the top we have: American White Pelican, a sparrow, Semipalmated Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Plover again, Marbled Godwit, Plover again, American White Pelicans, Long-billed Curlew, a baby Hare, American Avocet, and finally a Curlew again.
You can see the full set of images from yesterday here.