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Posts tagged “Lubbock TX

Bobwhite Quail

The call of distant quail seemed to be everywhere on this morning in Lubbock, TX.  They move quickly and are very fast runners, which makes it challenging to get photos of them.  Did a little stalking and was able to get some photos of these elusive birds.

On the last photo, used the back-focus button to lock focus on the bird and then repositioned my lens to get both rows of barbed wire in the photo with the quail in the left third of the shot, i.e. rule of thirds.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out the car window

Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 2/3 exposure compensation

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Prairie Dogs

This is my 400th post since starting my blog in Jan 2011.  Thanks again Sheldon for talking me into doing it.  With 166 followers and over 67,000 hits, it’s been a very good time and thanks everyone for checking it out.

Here are some of my original targets from my trip to Lubbock, TX – prairie dogs.  They are cute little critters that I’m sure drive farmers crazy with all of their burrows in the fields.  They were very photogenic and would come out just after sunrise.

The youngsters were getting older but still fun to watch interacting with their parents.  I missed the money shot as one got too close to a burrowing owl and the owl attacked him.  Maybe next time…

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out my car window

Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2500, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2000, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F7.1, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Burrowing Owls

During my visit to Lubbock, TX a couple of weeks ago, saw my first burrowing owls while checking out the local prairie dogs.  They are very cute little owls with bright yellow eyes that use abandoned prairie dog burrows.

Pulled my car up along a fence line and shot between the rows of barbed wire out the car window.  It was lots of fun and I’m looking forward to going back again sometime in the future.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out the car window

Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F6.3, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2000, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/400 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2000, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F6.3, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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My First Jackrabbit

Got my first jackrabbit photos while in Lubbock, TX this week.  They are actually hares and not rabbits and are much larger than the common cottontail with very large ears.  They almost look like a mutant with those large back legs/feet, which propels them very fast, up to 40 mph.

The first two photos were taken in partly cloudy conditions while I was getting photos of prairie dogs and burrowing owls out my car window.  He walked out right in front of me, very unexpected.  He sat down long enough for a few shots and then took off.

On the last two photos, he bolted out in front of my car as I was leaving the area.  Couldn’t get a good angle on him so got out of my car and got these photos hand-held as he crossed the dirt road.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out the car window.

Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2500, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2500, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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