|Hawk in the Yard
||[Dec. 14th, 2012|09:32 am]
Red-shouldered Hawk perching in a tree near the lily pond this morning. Stayed put long enough for me to put the bigger lens on the camera and get this and a few other good shots.
May any mousies headed to the warmth of your house meet His Excellency.
I certainly hope so. But this being B.lineatus, which also eats frogs, toads, small lizards, and small snakes, I hope she (from the size, I think she, but I could be wrong) will confine herself to the vermin, and let my amphibs alone.
Nicely captured. What a beauty!
Lovely picture, I hope she confines her self to rodents and that the amphibians are safely tucked up for winter.
It's been so warm lately (well, we had two freezing nights, but we're up in the '60s & '70s again) that I worry about them...but then I'm prone to worry about my favorite critters (NOT the hispid cotton rats or the house mice that also live in the barn.)
What a beautiful picture!
Thank you. I got lucky. I was hand-holding a 400mm lens and my hands aren't as steady as they were 40 years ago(the tripod was over at the other end of our place, where I keep it to set up by a wildlife guzzler.) There were a lot of blurry shots and just a few good enough to keep. But that lens is a wonder.
Thank you...it's a beautiful bird.
2012-12-14 10:28 pm (UTC)
Handheld 400mm? That's very impressive, esp as it looks overcast...
Although I'm immediately reminded of a classic Far Side cartoon: birds of prey know they're cool
2012-12-15 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: pretty birdy!
It was overcast. Years back, I lucked into a used 300mm Nikkor lens--a remarkably fast one--when a newspaper switched from Nikon to Canon. The outside shows a lot of wear, but the mechanics still work and the lenses had no damage and all that Nikkor quality. Snapped it up, added a good-quality extender thingie (that's not the name, but my brain's fuzzy) that made it a 400mm equivalent, and it became "Bird One" for me--an outstanding bird lens. Also great for taking pictures of perched dragonflies, and (if they're far enough away) larger critters. It's heavy (for me) and I usually use it with a monopod or tripod. Occasionally, I get a really good shot hand-held, but age is playing hob with both the steadiness of my hands (I used to be able to shoot sharp half-second exposures with an old slow rangefinder my mother had) and my vision--cataracts. Autofocus is my friend these days.
Gorgeous photo. I like the one with her (?) head looking to the right, but it's nice that you captured a few angles of the head. I can see how she moves (it's pretty cute).
As a birder and photographer - well-shot!