Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 2003

I've recently been doing some testing of Canon's new EOS-10D digital SLR. To get a feel for how the camera handles for typical outdoor photography, I recently took it on a visit to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, WA.

If you have not been there, this park offers terrific access to large native North American mammals in natural settings. Large herd animals include the American bison, blacktail deer, bighorn sheep, elk and moose. Predators featured at the park include raptors, black bears, grizzly bears, cougars, lynx, grey wolves and coyotes. A visit to the park makes a fun and educational day with the kids.

To view the herd animals, visitors board a tram for an hour-long tour of the park grounds. During normal operations, the tram does not stop at any point along the journey, so making good photographs can be a challenge. However, Northwest Trek does offer early morning tours especially for photographers at several times during the year. Call ahead to make reservations for these.

For the images on this page, I used the 10D along with Canon's EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and 300mm f/2.8L IS lenses. All images were shot handheld or on a monopod at ISO settings ranging from 100 to 400.

How did the camera do? See for yourself.

 

Above: grey wolf at rest, Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS.

 

Cougar on the prowl, Canon EOS-10D, EF 20-200mm f/2.8L IS.

 

North American bison calf and mother, Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS.

 

Racoon reacts to park visitors, Canon EOS-10D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.

 

Golden eagle, Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS.

 

Lynx surveys its habitat, Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS.