One of my spring rituals is to cruise up and down the backroads of the Bruce Peninsula, photographing birds in the meadows and wet fields. I keep my telephoto lens setup ready on the passenger seat and use a beanbag to shoot directly from the car window. Beanbags are a rock solid platform to shoot from. If you turn your car off (to prevent engine vibrations) and use good technique, it's fairly easy to get sharp photos even at high magnifications.
Birds and animals are often less afraid of a vehicle than a person on foot, so by driving slowly and being patient you can get quite close for frame-filling photos. Here are a couple photos taken by this method in the past week.
|Upland Sandpiper. Canon EOS 1D mk IV, EF 500/4 lens & 2x teleconvertor.|
|Northern Shoveler. Canon EOS 1D mk IV, EF 500/4 lens and 2x teleconvertor.|
|Shooting from my van with a 300mm lens supported by a "Blubb" beanbag.|