My readers know I am The Wildlife Ho-tographer using Canon equipment for over 25 years photographing the natural world. My preference is to travel light and shoot without a tripod. It is a definite trade off I have accepted but it gives me maximum mobility and flexibility. I do use monopods and tripods when the photo shoot is long and the wildlife do not move too frequently.
The World War II rifle training video below demonstrates some good techniques that can be borrowed to use by photographers who shoot handholding their equipment, especially with pro cameras and Super Telephoto lens. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com