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Old Jun 29, 2009, 8:48 PM   #1
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We had a few downpours this afternoon. The sun came out in the middle of one of them and I thought I would step outside and see if I could spot a rainbow and possibly get a picture of it. Instead as I looked around I spotted a lot of wing flutter in an oak tree in my front yard. I was surprised to see this drenched bird trying to unburden himself of the water that had soaked his wings and forced him to land and take cover.

I ran up to my Office and grabbed my camera that luckily had my Tokina 80-400mm lens attached. When I got outside it had darkened but I lifted the camera, shot and saw I had a picture. I quickly began snapping pictures and never even looked at the settings. I was pinned down under a 2'x10' overhang that gave me a dry area to shoot from but no choices to change my viewing position. the camera was in AV mode so there was some motion blur but for quick and dirty shooting I think I caught an interesting event.

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Old Jun 29, 2009, 8:54 PM   #2
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Nice going Lou!
pretty soggy bird. Looks like once he got a look at you he couldn't wait to get out of there, rain or no rain!
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 9:16 PM   #3
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GW,

I think the last shot was his way of flipping me the bird!

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good shots Lou..
this guy gives us a visit every now and then..

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I like this series--in addition to the bird, you've captured the rain shower very well too!
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Very nice, Lou. Amazing shots.

Ah, so you've got the same constant rain we've had. Only kidding. I just wish it would stop. Everything is getting so waterlogged.

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Beautiful bad weather nature shots.

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I think the last shot was his way of flipping me the bird!

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Yeah! I think you're right.
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robar - Thanks for your nice comment. Your visitor is a nice looking specimen. Hawks are interesting birds to observe. I seldom see them on a tree on my property but often have them swoop down through my yard to try and catch a bird from my feeder.

Jelpee - Thanks for the kind comment. The rain was at one point torrential and I think that is when the Hawk became grounded.

It was a case of pick up the camera and shoot before the bird got away. I got off about 10 shots but the bird was moving around in the tree and much of the time it was out of my view because I was so pinned down by my viewing position. This is where you want a weather sealed camera and a weather sealed 400mm lens!

nhmom - Yes we have had our fair share of rain and more. If I could convert feet to cubit I would finish the Arc! The weather forecast is for more rain through till mid week next week.
Thanks for looking and glad you enjoyed the miniseries.

rhermans - Thanks Ronny. Maybe if we have a change in the jet stream we can get all this wet out of here, and I can do some nice weather shooting.

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No on second thought I think he was mooning me!

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