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Old Mar 16, 2014, 8:48 AM   #1
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Well I heard a hawk the other day and I wasn't mistaken (hard to be as their call is very distinct)... this morning I saw a flash of feathers and found it perched in a tree.

All taken with the 70-300mm shutter priority 1/500-1/640, bright sun kept the ISO nice and low. A bit cold and windy but was able to snap a few before he took off. Hand held, some light cropping applied.

This one caught it while it was covering it's eyes with the inner lid


P3164481 by ramcewan, on Flickr


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thanks for checking them out.
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Old Mar 16, 2014, 9:33 AM   #2
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I cropped two of my favorites and did some healing to remove as much visible background branches as possible;


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Old Mar 16, 2014, 9:43 AM   #3
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Nice shots, detail and coloring are really good.
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Great shots ramcewan

the good ol 70-300 is a VERY nice lens
mine is a keeper
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Nice shots. You guys and your 70-300s are making me jealous.
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thanks Fred and MacBook.

chiPersei - the 70-300mm is one of my most used lenses, mostly because I'm a birder. I love it but you also have to realize this was just about optimum conditions for this shots, with bright sun. The 70-300mm being older and four thirds is a bargain but from what I understand the Panasonic 100-300 and the Olympus 75-300 are overall better since they have better focus hit rates than the 70-300mm from what those who've used both on micro four thirds say. In the end I think the 50-200mm 2.8-3.5 with a 1.4x TC would probably best both of those lenses, at least from what I've seen.
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Great shots Ramcewan, that Hawk is so beautiful..!!
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thanks Fred and MacBook.

chiPersei - the 70-300mm is one of my most used lenses, mostly because I'm a birder. I love it but you also have to realize this was just about optimum conditions for this shots, with bright sun. The 70-300mm being older and four thirds is a bargain but from what I understand the Panasonic 100-300 and the Olympus 75-300 are overall better since they have better focus hit rates than the 70-300mm from what those who've used both on micro four thirds say. In the end I think the 50-200mm 2.8-3.5 with a 1.4x TC would probably best both of those lenses, at least from what I've seen.
I've got the 100-300 and don't feel I personally get a very high hit rate with it. Particularly at 300mm. I notice if I back off a bit, maybe 275 - 290mm the hit rate goes up. Granted, I don't have occasion to use it much and I'm unsure of the best settings for birding. One thing I learned is the 100-300 is one of those lenses when in MF mode will focus beyond infinity. I never could understand why any lens would do that but there must be a reason for it. Another thing I learned (after the fact) is to turn off IS when tripod mounted. Live and learn.

Thanks for the info. Excellent shots.
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This fellow looks to be having a good go with the session, glad you cropped and healed, it makes a very nice image.

I find 'shooting' perched hawks with the ZD 70-300 really a lot of fun. It seems that every second year I do that, recently I located a Sharp Shinned that posed until I quit and moved on.
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Thanks Marcelo, I agree it is a beautiful creature, I was lucky to catch him perched like this, it was a bright but gusty day which keeps them grounded, however once the leaves come out they pretty much vanish, blending in well.

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I've got the 100-300 and don't feel I personally get a very high hit rate with it. Particularly at 300mm. I notice if I back off a bit, maybe 275 - 290mm the hit rate goes up. Granted, I don't have occasion to use it much and I'm unsure of the best settings for birding. One thing I learned is the 100-300 is one of those lenses when in MF mode will focus beyond infinity. I never could understand why any lens would do that but there must be a reason for it. Another thing I learned (after the fact) is to turn off IS when tripod mounted. Live and learn.

Thanks for the info. Excellent shots.
chiPersei - the 70-300 is best also backed off but what can you do, these were zoomed all the way in and got more than my usual share of sharpening in pp. It took me some time to get used to the 70-300 and my first shots were not so great. Overtime I've learned that you need to use the 14x focus box/target and a fast shutter. Being able to move the focus box/target with your thumb while having the camera up to your eye is also a very helpful skill.

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This fellow looks to be having a good go with the session, glad you cropped and healed, it makes a very nice image.

I find 'shooting' perched hawks with the ZD 70-300 really a lot of fun. It seems that every second year I do that, recently I located a Sharp Shinned that posed until I quit and moved on.
Thanks Bob!

Either I missed a post or you're holding out on those Sharp Shinned hawk photos, I'd really love to see them.
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