When weeks of careful planning produce a photo opportunity that lasts just a few minutes, literally every second counts – even more so when the subject is one of the planet's most endangered animals.
That's the situation British wildlife photographer Dani Connor faced when tracking Iberian lynx in Spain's Sierra de Andújar Natural Park. Fortunately, she was equipped with the Canon EOS R7, a light and versatile EOS R System camera that can shoot at up to 30fps with animal tracking autofocus and outstanding in-body Image Stabilisation (IBIS).
Dani had caught a glimpse of a lynx on just two occasions over several days on the shoot, so turned to photographing some of the other wildlife she was there in the park to capture. "I was photographing a buzzard from a hide set up for birds of prey, and the lynx just appeared," she says. "I had no idea where he came from, as I was concentrating on the buzzard. Less than four minutes later, he was gone."
Faced with such a brief window with the elusive cat, Dani needed to work fast. It was the perfect moment to test the EOS R7's intelligent autofocus and rapid, silent shooting.