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Old Nov 30, 2008, 3:33 PM   #1
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A teaching colleague of mine is also a master falconer and I finally got the opportunity to go out with him and another falconer and shoot some photos of their birds in action. And Boy Howdy, Do I mean action. I have never seen birds move that fast and change directions so quickly. After lugging my 7 pound 200-400VR all morning I know now that I need to go to the gym and resume a vigorous upper body workout routine. :lol:

Here are a few of the 100 or so photos were I was actually able to keep the falcons in frame. This falcon is a cross between a Peregrine and a European variety of falcon I believe. It was very large for falcon so maybe it was a Gyrfalcon.
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My friend was bringing the bird in with a lure and you can just see his leg on the left of the frame. The falcon was probably going around 60 or 70mph right here. That's actually pretty slow by falcon standards. This is a good shot of the radio transmitter that's attached to the leg.
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In this shot you can see the second of the two radio trackers placed on the bird in case they decide to take off on their own. Not too likely but I guess it happens. It's the red/black object just in front of the tail feathers.
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Here is a head on dive right at me. You can see the radio transmitter on top of the tail and the antenna trailing underneath.
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Here is the bird getting a reward after working so hard. You can see that it's a relitively young falcon by the fact that the feet are just starting to turn yellow. The cere has not turned yellow yet either. The cere is the area just above the beak were the nostrils are.

If anyone's interested here is the link to the rest of the shots from today. Check it out.
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Terrific stuff, Steve. Quite an opportunity. You should post your 4506 and 4687, too (in another thread). :idea:
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