Bird photography is a very delicate field of photography to delve into. It requires a lot of patience because bird photographyyour subjects do not necessarily pose for you the way you would like them to and most of all, they once you come closer, you end up scaring them away.

Call them camera shy and all but birds will be birds. So, how does a bird photographer end up getting those ultra close-up shots of the amazing avian family? It’s all in the gear.

For digital photography, the experts would choose the top-of-the-line camera gear. Examples of these are the following:

Canon EOS 1DS Mark II

This camera body boasts of 16.7 megapixels of resolution which carries a full-frame 35mm image sensor that is as large as the ones that film cameras carry. This means that what you see in the viewfinder is exactly what you get. No crop factors to worry about which simply means, when you frame your bird of choice, you’ll be sure to get every feather, beak and wing in the frame.

Canon EF 600mm f/4; EF 70-200 f/2.8; EF 100mm f/2.8 macro; EF 17-40mm f/4

The lenses that you should be getting must allow you to essentially capture everything you would like to capture. Whether you’re sneaking up on a flamingo or maybe spotting a Snowy Owl from a hundred paces, you should be ready with the type of lens that’s fit for the job.

The wide range of focal lengths will be able to give you enough diversity to capture a wide-angled shot of birds huddled in a group (EF 17-40mm f/4) without scaring them away or a tightly-framed portrait shot of a bald eagle who’s managed to build her nest a few hundred yards away from your campsite.

SanDisk Ultra II CF cards; Epson P2000 portable drive

These storage media devices will ensure that you’ll be able to have as many shots as you can possibly take. In order to get the best resolutions of the pictures that you get, you should be able to shoot in the largest format which is in RAW format. The Epson P2000 portable drive then manages to give you the flexibility of transferring your pictures onto a portable hard drive without ever having to hook it up to a computer.

These are typically the types of gear that you will naturally see in the hands of bird photographers. The brand or camera system may vary but bottom line, having exceptional gear will allow you to capture the best images possible.