Red-shouldered Hawk Flyby

While looking at my blog the other day I realized that it has been a while since I last updated or posted anything. My bad. I guess I can’t expect people to come here and view my photography or read what I have to say if I don’t actually post anything. Funny how that works.

So I was out back yesterday, waiting for something to come along when i looked up and saw a rather large bird flying over the field. At first I thought it was a vulture, but as it turned and started toward me, I realized it was a hawk. I had to look it up, and ask some friends on FaceBook’s Birds of Texas group, and it was identified as an immature red-shouldered hawk. While not a spectacular shot, I do like the sharpness of the eye as it watched me watching it as it flew over.

Red-shouldered hawk as it few overhead.
Red-shouldered hawk as it few overhead.

This was shot with the new Canon 5DS-R 52mp camera. I’ve been very happy with the camera thus far, even for wildlife shots. One thing it gives is the ability to crop to insane levels, which works well if your main audience is the web. Here is a 100% crop of the area around the eye.

100% crop of the hawks eye
100% crop of the hawks eye

The lens used was the Canon 100-400L (old version) and as you can see, even with older glass, the results are pretty impressive.

So, my goal is to keep this blog updated more. I’ll post, you read and enjoy. Is that a deal?

 

Eastern Phoebe

This morning I was got out to see the birds in the morning sun. It was a beautiful sunrise and I saw many wonderful things. I saw a pileated woodpecker, which landed in the tree directly above me at an angle so extreme it made a photo unrealistic (but I saw it). I saw a deer that jumped into the woods just as I got a shot of the grass where it had been (timing is everything). I saw many other birds, but only this little phoebe sat still long enough for a shot in the morning light.

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I’ll try again later and see who else will sit still for me.

Canon 7DmII, Canon 600 f/4IS + 2xTC
1/1000 @ f/8, iso1600

American Kestrel

Had just a few minutes of sunshine after work today and was able to capture this beautiful American Kestrel in one of my trees. I’ve seen it in the yard the past few days so I’m hoping it is going to stick around.

Fun fact: The American Kestrel is the North America’s smallest of falcon and one of the most colorful raptors. (source: All About Birds)

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Canon 7DmII, Canon 600f/4 + 2xTC, 1/1000 @f/8, iso 1600