…morning light is magic…

Incoming Harrier

While focusing on shorebird shots at Bolivar Flats, the small birds would frequently spook and fly away.  Didn’t pay much attention to why until the photo op’s died down.  Then I noticed that they were scattering due to raptors flying overhead.  I was laying on a sand bar within about 30 ft of the shore line and the Northern Harriers were doing flybys over the grassy area on shore.  Spotting this one flying towards me.  My 7D did a great job with maintaining focus as he flew behind the weeds and then landed on a log nearby.  Caught him landing with his talons out which was cool.  He stayed around for only a couple of minutes and took off with outstretched wings.

Taken with a Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II and 1.4x III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with a Wimberley II gimbal head.

Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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7 responses

  1. Doug Haass

    Sweet series Tim. Love the outstrecthed talon shots.

    February 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    • Doug Haass

      Excuse the typo (outstretched)

      February 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    • Thanks Doug.

      February 25, 2013 at 5:30 am

  2. Good eye on catching this guy. Like the sharp captures along with the different layers of colors in the high grass. Oh, also like the “outstretched” talons.

    February 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  3. Wow, these are fantastic!

    February 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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