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Old Nov 18, 2010, 12:30 AM   #11
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That is a great looking falcon. Maybe he is hanging around wanting some one to train him, or can you train them at that age? That would be seriously cool!
I like his fourth "pose", looks like he is keeping his eye on you...maybe waiting on your rabbit out of your hat trick
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Thanks Frank. I have a friend that is a Master Falconer. I will ask him about the best age for training. I have gone out with him to exercise his birds and it's quite a site to see. I took some pictures with my D300 and 200-400mm VR lens. The setup weighs in a about 9lbs. You should have seen me trying to hand hold that rig and swing it around as his falcon came screaming in after the lure he was swinging. Darn near screwed myself into the field.

Here is a link to those photos if your interested.

http://scienceguy.smugmug.com/Photog.../6697771_JJBJr

Here is one of my favorite shots from that day.

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That's just a beautiful shot...!

I laughed at the mental image of you swinging that big lens around...!
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Just checked out the rest at the link...

That bird is larger than I thought... When he's flying it's almost like he's dancing
on the wind...

Just beautiful...!
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The setup weighs in a about 9lbs. You should have seen me trying to hand hold that rig and swing it around as his falcon came screaming in after the lure he was swinging. Darn near screwed myself into the field.
LMAO at the thought. Steve, I can see why this is a fav, I guess you were not just "screwing around" LOL Great technique, gotta be so much fun! I also checked out your post of the trip, amazing! I personally liked #8 of that series, so aero-dynamic looking, bet he was moving at a rather fast clip! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed them. Thanks very much for sharing them with me
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Oh by the way I noticed that either the geese did not mind or were hi tailing it out of the area. Good move on their part I suspect.
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LMAO at the thought. Steve, I can see why this is a fav, I guess you were not just "screwing around" LOL Great technique, gotta be so much fun! I also checked out your post of the trip, amazing! I personally liked #8 of that series, so aero-dynamic looking, bet he was moving at a rather fast clip! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed them. Thanks very much for sharing them with me
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Oh by the way I noticed that either the geese did not mind or were hi tailing it out of the area. Good move on their part I suspect.

Thanks Frank. It was a challenge for sure. Those were Tundra Swans flying over. I discovered that they like that area which is much closer to my house then the refuge. I will have to see if I can get some shots of the swans.

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Swans, not geese. OOPS. I hope you don't quantify my intelligence by my inability to know one bird from the other. LOL, well at least I did not call them ducks...
I would enjoy seeing some pics of them, Good luck Thanks
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What a great action shot of such a graceful bird in flight.

(You have some really good shots in that series, it would be hard to pick a favorite.)
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That's just a beautiful shot...!

I laughed at the mental image of you swinging that big lens around...!

Thanks for taking a look and you kind words. I have to chuckle at the mental image too. All I can say is I was pretty tired after that shoot. But, it was totally worth it.

Thanks again, Steve
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Fantastic series.
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Thank you very much.
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