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Old Nov 10, 2006, 7:32 PM   #1
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I got up before sunrise and headed out to the refuge for some sunrise shots. As I was making my rounds on the 6 mile auto tour route they have I spotted this Peregrine Falcon.
I was able to get off about 20 shots before it flew off. I drove about a quarter mile down the road and guess who was sitting in another tree. Yes! I got another 15 shots. Here are a couple of the best.
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Here's a link to some of the rest of the shots and the Sunrise too, if you care to look.

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Old Nov 10, 2006, 7:44 PM   #2
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Awesome!
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Old Nov 10, 2006, 8:35 PM   #3
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Steve, these shots are Superb in every way. Man they are good. I looked at your others including the sunsets and they are just beautiful. I know I should remember what lens you are using now but I just can't recal it. Is it a stabilized lens.

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Wow! Wonderful crisp shots! I am frankly jealous!!! Donna
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Old Nov 10, 2006, 10:11 PM   #5
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Houston wrote:
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Steve, these shots are Superb in every way. Man they are good. I looked at your others including the sunsets and they are just beautiful. I know I should remember what lens you are using now but I just can't recal it. Is it a stabilized lens.

Regards, Houston
Houston, Thanks man. I really appreciate the kind words. I was using my new Tamron 200-500mm for the second time. It's not stabilized. I use to shoot 35mm with long tele's and I trained myself to breathe slowly by inhaling a full breath then exhale half way and hold. I also was using a blanket flopped ontop of the truck cab so I could rest the lens. The flight shot was taken free hand in burst mode and I got lucky. My philosophy is shoot as much and as often as you can. Even a blind dog finds a bone once and awhile. LOL
Thanks again and thanks to you as well Donna,
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Old Nov 10, 2006, 10:26 PM   #6
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Wonderful shots Steve! Clarity and color tone are right on.
I don't see these guys very often. I hear there are a few that hang out on the bridges over the Willamette river in Portland.
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Old Nov 10, 2006, 10:31 PM   #7
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Thanks Kent,
I don't see them all that often either. However, this summer I was playing golf at a nearby foothill course and my friend (not me of course :roll hit a worm burner and out of no where a Peregrine dove down to within a few feet of his ball before it realized that it wasn't something to eat. :lol: They are amazing birds for sure.
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Spectacular shots of perhaps one of the most regal of all raptors, Steve - Nice capture indeed !!!!
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The life and flight of a raptor is to me, a most powerful visual metaphor for freedom.

Thank you, smac, for your two incredible photographs!

A while back, I was a volunteer at a raptor rehab center here. One of the birds there was a peregrine falcon. It unfortunately could not be returned to the wild due to injury yet it still retained the intensity of gaze you find in raptors.
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Absolutely incredible photographs; and a magnificent and regal creature. Can't beat that combo. I am so inspired looking at this work, justbreathtaking!


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