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Old Nov 17, 2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Default Live raptor show at local audubon

Yesterday I went with the wife to see a live raptor demo at the local audubon chapter (Massebesic). They had Tom Ricardi a Massachusetts Bird of Prey rehabilitator come up and bring some really cool birds to show off.

He runs a rehab center in Massachusetts where injured birds of prey are brought back to health and released (I hope to photograph the release day next year). For those birds that can't ever be released due to injury Tom works with the birds to acclimate them to humans so that they can be used for educational programs like this.

For me this was a real treat as I was able to use both the 70-300mm and the 45mm f1.8 when he walked around with the birds. The E-PL2 was the body of choice and boy do I wish I could have used a newer model as the indoor location presented a tough choice between shutter speed to freeze the rapidly moving birds and ISO without grain. So I shot a 150 exposures and ended up with about 20 that came out well enough to work further on and out of those 20 here are my favorites;

Tom and a horned owl


Horned Owl by ramcewan, on Flickr

Tom walked around with the birds on his hand and showed them to the many kids gathered for the show. Here's a shot of the horned owl staring back at an amazed kid.


Horned Owl by ramcewan, on Flickr

Next up was this eastern screech owl, which looked alot like a furby to me


Eastern Screech Owl by ramcewan, on Flickr

Tom showing him around (taken with the 45mm f1.8)


Eastern Screech Owl by ramcewan, on Flickr

and a crop from that shot


Eastern Screech Owl by ramcewan, on Flickr

Another adorable little owl, the Saw-Whet Owl


Saw-Whet Owl by ramcewan, on Flickr

It was a little bit shy when Tom brought it around


Saw-Whet Owl by ramcewan, on Flickr

Next we had a Turkey Vulture, here he is sitting on top of the boxes, I think picking out who might be next to drop dead for his afternoon meal lol


Turkey Vulture by ramcewan, on Flickr

Tom did not bring him around but showed us how to tell a vulture from other raptors by making the bird spread it's wings showing how vultures make a V with their wings.


Black Vulture by ramcewan, on Flickr

It was interesting watching the bird's relationship with their handler, many of them would try to give his mustache a little preening as he was talking, clearly they considered him to be a friend, well except this vulture, Tom seemed a bit wary of it like a powerful and hard to control child, in this shot he was telling the bird to put it's wings away.


Black Vulture by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Next up a red tail hawk another bird that was too powerful and quick to be walked around. ISO was up to 1000 at this point with shutter at 1/250 using the 70-300


Red Tail Hawk by ramcewan, on Flickr

showing off the red tail feathers


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next up a Harris's Hawk, a bird hunter this one was intense (45mm)


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A Peregrine Falcon (45mm)


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showing his wings (70-300)


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a portrait (45)


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Finally a little and loud Kestral was brought around for all to see (45)


Kestral by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Really nice series Ramcewan, the Peregrine Falcon shot is my favorite.

I think you did a great job capturing this beautiful predators and keeping sharpness and noise in balance.

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Really nice series Ramcewan, the Peregrine Falcon shot is my favorite.

I think you did a great job capturing this beautiful predators and keeping sharpness and noise in balance.

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Thanks Marcelo, the balance was made easier on that shot by the 45mm f1.8. In fact as I look back I see most of the shots I like were with the 45mm. Having the wide aperture is such an advantage, instead of iso 1000, f4 and 1/250 producing a dim image f1.8 produces fine detail at a lower iso. Wish I had the 75 1.8 or the 35-100mm f2.8... But then again a new body with higher iso capability would a also done it.
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Well done! An excellent series of shots and you really did a good job in your portraits of the birds.
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Beautiful birds. I'm kinda drawn to the little owls as favorites. That Saw-Whet Owl is adorable.
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........great presentation, really enjoyable
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You know, I don't think ISO1000 is that horrible on those shots. You're right though that the more I use the Oly45 the more I want the 75.

The screech owl is the best (I just love the expression).
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Beautiful stuff made all the better with your narrative. Thank you.
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Really nice presentation Ramce. Say what you will about the sensor in the PL2 and the noise levels -- your shots show more than enough detail to explain why the handler put on those heavy leather gloves.
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