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Juvenile Caracara in Flight

Hope that everyone had a great Christmas yesterday.  Didn’t feel like that time of year in the Houston area with mid 70’s deg F temperatures and very humid.  Looking forward to some cold weather in January.

Here are some more Caracara shots from my last trip to Santa Clara ranch.  They were taken at the raptor blind as the birds were coming in to perch.

Taken with Canon 1DX with Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on trip with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/3200 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/3200 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/3200 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 500mm 697_santa-clara_11202016-2

 


Caracara Head Tilt

It’s always very cool to see how far Caracaras can bend their head back.  There are times that it’s a challenge to move my head side to side, let alone try this one.  Very flexible raptor.

Used negative exposure compensation to keep from blowing out the whites in his neck.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/2500 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, -2/3 exposure compensation, 500mm

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Green Jay vs. Bee

This Green Jay was distracted by a bee doing a fly-by, which made for an interesting photo.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation, 500mm

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More Harris Hawks

Here are a few more Harris Hawk photos from last weekend.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II lens or Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/3200 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, -2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/6400 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/4000 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/3200 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 500mm

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Harris Hawk Landing

Made another trip to Santa Clara Ranch in south Texas over the weekend.  Had a great time, as always.  Thanks Hector.  Finally got to experience the raptor blind and it was awesome.  With a somewhat slow start, the action picked up with Scott and I maxing out with 10 raptors at the same time with a couple of Harris Hawks and the rest being Caracara.

Started out using my 100-400 lens and later switched to the 500.  Got several decent flight shots and wing spread photos when they came in to land.  This juvenile Harris Hawk put on a good show.

I’d go back just for the raptors.  Hope to make another trip next year.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400mm II lens, mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/5000 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, 400mm

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White Tipped Dove

White tipped doves don’t really show how colorful they really are until they extend their wings.  Very beautiful birds.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F 6.3, ISO 1600, spot metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F 6.3, ISO 1600, spot metering, 500mm

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Drinking Roadrunner

The roadrunners were the highlight of my last trip to Santa Clara Ranch in south Texas in June.  On the last day, they were very cooperative and came to the pond to drink.  Up close, they are very beautiful birds.

On the last photo, you can see the reflection of the pond in the water drop.  They scoup up the water in their bill and tilt their head back to drink.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head in a photo blind

Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F9, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/2500 sec @ F9, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, 500mm

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