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Itsed65
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Oct 30, 2012 20:53 |  #1

I was once again out shooting trains, when this beautiful bird all but posed for me over the field next to the tracks. I could have used some extra reach on a few of them, but the 100-400 proved able to get some good shots. It was just before dusk when they come out to hunt I guess. I love the red eyes these birds have.

Picking a spot

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Full hover mode, looking for movement below (or what I like to call the "album cover" pose).
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He's (or she's) found something
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In for the kill
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It disappeared into tall grass, then took off away from me with whatever was it's dinner to go eat in a tree at the opposite side of the field. I will have to bring some bigger artillery to this spot next weekend :cool:

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Oct 30, 2012 21:02 |  #2

Lovely images or a fine looking bird, with the third image, for me, being the stand out of a great set (the pose, lighting, the composition all top notch). Very nicely captured.


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Oct 30, 2012 21:32 |  #3

All nice, but #3 is stunning. The last one is interesting - I've only seen them in open fields.


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Itsed65
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Oct 30, 2012 22:52 |  #4

Thanks guys, #3 is definitely the standout, and the one I will probably print. The last shot may be a bit of an illusion. The house is actually about 50 or 60 feet behind the bird, which is in fact diving into an open field. The 400mm focal length is compressing the distance and making the house appear much closer than it is.


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Oct 31, 2012 00:15 |  #5

Great shots!


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kmunroe
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Oct 31, 2012 05:08 |  #6

very nice set




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Oct 31, 2012 23:47 |  #7

Great set!


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No ­ Angle
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Nov 01, 2012 00:25 |  #8

They are such cool looking birds. I do not see enough of them. Great shots with a tough bird to get close to.


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Nov 01, 2012 00:29 as a reply to No Angle's post |  #9

Beautiful shots...2 and 3 are wall hangers!


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Kevin ­ A
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Nov 01, 2012 02:24 |  #10

Excellent series especially #3.


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