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Third trip out with my 7D+400. Kites, Ducks and more

 
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Jan 31, 2012 00:11 |  #1

Went back to Coyote Hills regional park here in the East Bay of NorCal.
I think I am getting better with this combination, but even more importantly I am having a lot of fun!

So first I was on my bike on a trip around the bay view trail when I spotted a Kestrel flying around. By the time I got my camera out, it was pretty far away, but this is the first one I have seen here, so I was pretty excited

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As I tried to get closer, he decided not to stick around, sadly...
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Rounding the hill back to the marsh side though, I spotted a White-tailed Kite in a tree...
I love their red eyes
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Just as I shot this guy, a second landed in the same tree...with lunch!
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This was a quick snap I took with a buddy's Fuji X-10 of the tree
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Down to the marsh for some ducks...A Northern Shoveler making some noise
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A pair of Shovelers in flight
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Lastly, a young duck got a snack and looks pretty happy
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It was a great warm winter day, and I look forward to going out again. I am always open to advice, so please feel free. Thanks for looking!

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Jan 31, 2012 00:19 |  #2

Great shots. That White tailed kite is my favorite of the set. I am hoping to get a 7D soon, so I can have a more reliable AF.


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Jan 31, 2012 01:41 |  #3

they're all nice, but that 3rd one steals the show.




  
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Jan 31, 2012 06:53 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #4

I'd have to agree w/the above that the 3rd image of the White-tailed Kite in the tree is superb. You also have a very nice capture of the Shoveler too....great stop action. We'll happily entertain any more that you can bring us too!


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Jan 31, 2012 14:26 |  #5

neat series




  
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Jan 31, 2012 14:55 |  #6

Nice shots, that first kite shot especially.


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Jan 31, 2012 16:20 |  #7

Nice set. The Kite is to kill for! Beautiful.


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Jan 31, 2012 18:59 |  #8

3rd one is perfection. Nice work!


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Jan 31, 2012 19:01 |  #9

nice series




  
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Jan 31, 2012 19:09 |  #10

Thank you very much everyone. This park is over an hours drvie from my house, but it never dissapoints. I have seen a variety of raptors there every time I have gone, and I have always seen at least one Kite hovering over the grass looking for a kill...It's pretty amazing to watch when they dive down for an unsuspecting rodent. Here is one more of the Kite in the tree.

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Jan 31, 2012 20:44 as a reply to  @ Itsed65's post |  #11

you did very well.
I like the first Kite picture for sure.



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Jan 31, 2012 21:28 |  #12

Great series! That last one is hilarious, its expression. :D I think it's a Pie-billed Grebe.


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Jan 31, 2012 22:00 |  #13

Nice work there! It almost makes me wish I was back in the Bay Area:)!


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Feb 01, 2012 00:33 |  #14

Good work on the kite, shoveler and pied-billed.
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