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Old Nov 11, 2009, 5:19 PM   #1
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Default Pergrine at the bath

Shot these last November.

This little guy truly enjoyed his bath...

First shot is of a different bird than the rest. I know, because for one thing he wasn't wearing all that "bling" on his feet. It's a touch soft, because he whizzed by only fifty or sixty feet from me, and it ain't easy panning with an 800mm lens...













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Old Nov 11, 2009, 11:54 PM   #2
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Great closeups Dave. Your first fly by shot is pretty good considering. I went out with a falconer friend a while back and I had my Nikon 200-400 VR mounted on my D300. When he started bringing his falcon in with a lure I about screwed myself into the ground trying to follow that flash of feathers. So, nice work swinging an 800mm. How much did that weigh? My rig was around 9 pounds camera and lens. I felt like I had just been to the gym.

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Old Nov 14, 2009, 9:21 PM   #3
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Nice shots, Dave. Very nice..

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nice work, Dave. were these of a wild bird, or in a raptor center? it's usually pretty tough to get that close to a wild falcon...
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Old Nov 14, 2009, 9:39 PM   #5
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nice work, Dave. were these of a wild bird, or in a raptor center? it's usually pretty tough to get that close to a wild falcon...
He, heh, he. I never shoot at refuges or centers. Never. I simply dressed up as a giant slug, and he never noticed...

Well, perhaps I simply spent a half hour in my approach, expecting momentarily that he would leave...

My method is to advance three or four feet, and then freeze for three or four minutes. Repeat endlessly, taking a few shots every time I pause...

I managed to get within thirty feet of this guy before he noticed me.

It helped that he was having such a damned good time.





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Old Nov 15, 2009, 12:09 AM   #6
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Number one is a rare capture - Steve said it well. When something flies by as fast as these can, all I usually get is the south end going north! The Peregrine Portraits are great - it is a rare opportunity to get so close to a wild one for a whole series of shots. Sneaking up helps, but something about being engaged in a bath may hold them there while they let you shoot - or maybe hawks just don't frighten so easily. You might enjoy the shots I was lucky enough to get last year (before you joined):

Bathing Beauty

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Number one is a rare capture - Steve said it well. When something flies by as fast as these can, all I usually get is the south end going north! The Peregrine Portraits are great - it is a rare opportunity to get so close to a wild one for a whole series of shots. Sneaking up helps, but something about being engaged in a bath may hold them there while they let you shoot - or maybe hawks just don't frighten so easily. You might enjoy the shots I was lucky enough to get last year (before you joined):

Bathing Beauty

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It must be funny to see a Hawk in a bird bath...

(Nice shots, and I did enjoy them)

I take it that the usual birds didn't show up that day?

This Peregrine, was pretty involved in his bird bath, which consisted of a huge puddle (60 feet wide) on the deserted tarmac of Floyd Bennet Air Field. I once saw a Red Tail bathing in a puddle on a dirt road upstate. A Sanitation truck came by to dump it's load, and the Hawk, refused to move, going into threat posture, and hissing at the truck. Damn, I didn't have a camera...

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Nice capture, you should be a happy camper with these.
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Nice capture, you should be a happy camper with these.
Might even be happier than the Peregrine, but that's debatable...

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Old Nov 15, 2009, 9:57 AM   #10
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Nice series Dave. I like the last one on the water. Nice composition and great detail.
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