With a chance to move about for the first time in a while, gear choice was critical, and weight was a factor. Choosing the RF 100-400mm and extender has turned out well so far, even though critter opportunities have been fewer than hoped for.
The R5 doesn’t seem to focus the combo as well as the R6 did. By the end of today I’d removed the extender and was shooting the bare lens, with excellent results and far better AF than with the extender attached.
Another thing: I brought the RF 24-70mm f/2.8, intending to use it as my main landscape lens, with the CL/18-56mm TL as backup. There was a time late in the first day out when I didn’t want to take the long lens off the R5, so I used the CL setup. It was so much better than the RF lens on similar subject matter that I haven’t even bothered to carry the 24-70mm the past few days.
Late today finally turned up a few very confiding friends, and I took full advantage. A Golden Whistler (below) and some sort of tiny thornbill (second shot below) were among the better captures . . .