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Old Dec 12, 2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Yesterday our bird club had an annual Christmas get together and it is when we meet with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to get our zone maps and choose groups to cover the various areas for the annual Christmas bird count.

The house we met at is on the edge of what used to be a marsh but is now dried out and is more like a wild overgrown meadow. My wife and I did not go on the birding walk in the morning as my wife had minor foot surgery on Friday.

While waiting for the group to arrive we went to the back of the house to look at the marsh as it was jumping with birds. The house had a structure with several homemade bird feeders hanging from it that were attracting all the birds. There were two Eastern Bluebirds so I went and got my camera hoping to get some shots of them.

While standing adjusting the settings on my camera a Sharp-Shinned Hawk buzzed over my head and tried to grab a feeding bird.

These are the shots I got of it before it took off. It left while I was changing my camera setting from single shot to hi speed continuous shooting in the hopes of getting a BIF shot.

Taken with Tokina 80-400mm at 400mm f19 1/90" (+0.5 EV) ISO 200 and cropped.





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Old Dec 12, 2010, 1:20 PM   #2
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Very Nice capture, Lou!
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Excellent sharpness at 400mm & cropped, and a beautiful bird - great capture Lou !
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Great shots.

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Old Dec 13, 2010, 6:21 AM   #5
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Really fine capture - great detail and amazing expression!

PS - hope & pray your wife is recovering well...
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 10:18 PM   #6
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i love raptors, i sometimes see them at work or on my drive to or from work
always when i dont have a camera
that first one in profile is a beauty
a shame you did n't get any in flight
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Thanks everyone!

I apologies for the motion blur, 1/90th of a second would not have been my choice for this kind of shot but the excitement of seeing this magnificent bird stopped my thought process. I just picked up the camera and used it with what it was set for when I last used it. I chimped once and saw a reasonable image and shot away.

When the bird flew by me to attack the feeder I actually heard the whoosh of its wings and felt the breeze from it. It did not remain long so I only got a couple of shots before it flew off to a dead tree in the meadow that was too far away to get any more usable photos.

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Great series Lou
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Great series Lou
Thanks Ronny.
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Old Dec 16, 2010, 3:22 PM   #10
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Good catch - when birds fly in they never seem to stay around long enough to allow much fiddling - you have to take a few quickies first, as you did here.
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