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Jul 17, 2012 17:37 |  #1

Hi,

Still a few months away but I'm contemplating a trip to Pointe Mouillee in Michigan to watch the hawk migration this fall. Never done one of these before.

First of all, if any of you have visited this site, I'd love advice on where to plant myself for optimal viewing!

My more POTN-relevant question has to do with focal length and is directed to anyone who's done a hawk watch anywhere. I'm a very experienced bird photographer, and my usual rig is a 7D with my 400L. I'm just wondering if that's a good setup for migration. Do the migrating birds tend to fly very high overhead, or, on the contrary, are they alighting on trees and wires? A mixed bag? Just curious what to expect and how to come equipped. (I'm not averse to renting some longer glass for the day if that's advisable.)

Thanks!


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Jul 17, 2012 21:26 |  #2

Typically the raptors are going to be WAY up high in the sky during their migration. Sometimes first thing in the morning or late in the evening you can catch them leaving a night roost or coming down to roost. In those situations you might get some great shots. Otherwise you'll be looking at small shapes up high.

Good luck!

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Jul 18, 2012 02:17 |  #3

Thank you---not what I wanted to hear, but what I needed to know. :)


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Jul 18, 2012 21:47 |  #4

And your neck will hurt!


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Jul 19, 2012 05:18 |  #5

I have a son; my neck always hurts. :) Hmm... maybe I need to invest in a portable folding recliner!


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Jul 23, 2012 08:05 |  #6

I have been to Hawk Ridge in Duluth Minnesota for raptor migration. The birds are generally pretty high up, too high up for photography even with a supertelephoto.


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