Wildlife Photography Tip Number 10....Use A Monopod To Support Heavy Cameras
Tip #10) Use A Monopod To Support Heavy Cameras.... If you have a large digital SLR camera, plus a huge 300mm f/2.8 lens, and a flash and flash bracket, all that gets very heavy to hold steady for many hours. You really should invest in a steady monopod to help support all your photography equipment.
Using a monopod to support heavy cameras and lenses and other equipment, will help to reduce fatigue and help to stabilize the camera for clearer better wildlife photographs.
If you don't use a monopod your arms may fatique, and you won't be able to hold your camera steady enough, so it could add some undesirable camera shake blur to your photos, which you really don't want in your wildlife photography.
Usually in wildlife photography you want the action to be crisp and clear, not blurry. Of course there are times when you might want some blur to your wildlifephotographs, like if you are panning with the action, but that is not as prevalent in wildlife photography.
When you do use a monopod, you do lose some maneuverability, because your camera is locked onto the monopod. If you want to shoot vertical, then you will have to unlock your lens collar, and spin the whole setup.
Another drawback to using a monopod, is since the monopod is touching the ground in one spot, and you keep it in that one spot and then pan to follow the action, you will probably have some photos that aren't really level. I don't think this is a real big problem though, because you would normally just spin or turn the camera and monopod on a horizontal plane, which would keep all your photos level.
So to conclude, if you are getting fatigued while shooting wildlife photography, or any photography for that matter, pick yourself up a good monopod, you will be glad you did.