“You hear a lot about focusing on the eyes when shooting wildlife,” says Lou, “and this is fine for static subjects, but for anything that’s moving it’s often challenging enough to get anything in focus, let alone the eyes. For this reason I suggest focusing on the front of the subject rather than the eye, then adjusting the aperture if you want the eye to be sharp too.”
Make your point
Continuous autofocus and high-speed continuous drive mode are a given when you’re photographing wildlife, but it’s also worth taking control of the AF point. Auto-select AF point might focus on the wrong thing at just the wrong moment, resulting in a missed shot. If in doubt, either select the central AF point and recompose, or, for off-centre subjects, select an AF point that sits over the edge you want to focus on.