A camera with a rapid burst rate is a great advantage when photographing wildlife, especially if you’re looking to capture action and behaviour.
The best of the drama in wildlife action usually happens in fractions of a second. The moment a bird’s wing or beak is open at its most dramatic point. Or, a lion’s jaw at its widest as it yawns, perhaps the most dramatic point of species in conflict with each other.
Being able to use a camera with a high frames per second burst mode greatly increases your chance of capturing the most exciting moment of the action or interesting behaviour.
By using the term ‘increases your chance’ you’d be forgiven to think much of this is about luck or ‘spray and pray’. But, repeatedly taking 20 shots or more per second over five or six seconds when a subject is doing nothing is absolutely pointless. You’ll very quickly end up with hundreds of photographs when one or two would have achieved the same result. Plus, as your camera takes photographs, you’ll eventually fill your buffer memory up and the frame rate will reduce significantly, just as the action starts!