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Old Jun 10, 2002, 11:56 PM   #1
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Raven in pursuit of California Condor at Grand Canyon Village. The Ravens entertain themselves by the hour chasing Condors, who really don't seem all that concerned. D60, 100-400 mm IS @ 400mm. Cropped. Worked in PS.


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Old Jun 11, 2002, 4:40 AM   #2
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Wow, the raven looks like a sidewinder missle !
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Old Jun 11, 2002, 10:52 PM   #3
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I know Kevin, isn't it amazing? And that's the way they follow the condors, to them it's serious business, to the condors it really doesn't matter!
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Old Jun 12, 2002, 12:59 AM   #4
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Thatís amazing Christie, wonder why they chase the Condors, protecting their turf, or maybe a nest?
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Old Jun 12, 2002, 6:36 PM   #5
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What a great shot. Did you wait and wait, or was it more of an Oh my, can I get focused in time?

I have a question, actually 2:

1) what metering did you use (Eval, Partial or Centerweighted?)

2) Did you use one-shot or AIServo focusing?
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Old Jun 12, 2002, 7:20 PM   #6
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Christie,

I'm going to be at the Canyon next month with my family and the condor will be a "life bird" for my wife. Where can they be seen?

Thanks
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Old Jun 12, 2002, 10:34 PM   #7
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Thanks, all.

Tom, ravens chase everything. They're the great tricksters. They sneak up on perched condors and pull their tail feathers which infuriates the condors!

Walter, Centerweighted, one shot. Since there's lots of Ravens at the Canyon and since they frequently chase the condors, I had lots of opportunities, most of which I blew! The action is very fast so focus is dicey with this camera.

Floydster, Grand Canyon Village is where they hang out a lot. Just look for a person with an antenna attached to a box who looks like he/she is tracking aliens and is wearing a Condor Project vest. They will probably be able to tell you if there are any birds around. Usually between El Tovar and Kolbe Studio somewhere. This time of year there should be some birds around sometime during the day. Also, there's a pair nesting and the cave can be seen from Powell Point about a mile out, but you have to be there a long time to see birds coming or going from it. Young is too young to be visible.

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Old Jun 14, 2002, 8:15 AM   #8
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Default Hey Christie - Incredible Catch!

You see this, but rarely have the camera ready - great catch!

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Old Jun 14, 2002, 11:47 AM   #9
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Thanks, Lin. I usually have camera ready because that's what I go to the Grand Canyon for! However, since the action is so fast, I usually mess it up one way or another.
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