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Bird of Prey

Discussion in 'Nature' started by OzRay, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    We were camping this weekend in the High Country (being a long weekend for our Melbourne Cup) and yesterday there was an almighty cacophony in the gully opposite to where we were camping and, upon investigation, we discovered that a Wedge-tailed eagle had caught an Ibis. This had raised the ire of numerous birds, especially several Mudlarks that were in major attack/harassment mode around the eagle. They actually managed to drive off the eagle, who soon came back with re-enforcements (two other eagles), which enabled it a better chance at taking off with the Ibis.

    It was quite a spectacle to watch, though we were around 300m away. Everything happened pretty fast and I didn't pay enough attention to the camera settings, so the first shots without the EC-14 were taken at either 1/800sec or 1/1600 sec, but the last two shown where I used the EC-14 were taken at 1/320 sec, which introduced some blur. All were shot handheld with E-M1, 90-250mm and EC-14, with pretty substantial cropping:

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    Even with a 700mm equivalent lens, the actual reach was no where near enough to fill the frame. This shows the typical cropping for the shots:

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  2. chipshot713

    chipshot713 Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 24, 2012
    Pearland, Texas
    Kelly
    Great captures Ray.
     
  3. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    Wonderful series!
     
  4. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Thanks. I'm kicking myself for not looking more carefully at the camera settings, but my excuse is that I was already on red wine after half a dozen or so beers when the eagle landed (we were camping afterall). ;)
     
  5. Listener

    Listener Mu-43 Regular

    great sequence. IQ was not an impediment for my appreciating the images.
     
  6. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Thanks. It's just annoying, as the last shots were a rare opportunity and I'm disappointed with my oversight.
     
  7. JimUSNY

    JimUSNY Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 5, 2013
    Mid Hudson Valley NY
    Jim
    At least you captured it and got to see it... not all that bad really considering how far way it was.. I kick myself many times for not being ready even when I am out specifically for birds.. Yesterday evening I was waiting for eagles and it was quiet so my attention went to a small songbird in the shade, changed all my settings and an eagle had to come by at that exact minute of course... and earlier in the day I was watching an eagle perched a half mile up river, finally got tired of waiting to see if it would fly down towards me, as soon as I got to car I look up and there uit went right in front of where I had been waiting :)
     
  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    That's the way it always seems to go; been there and done that too many times.
     
  9. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Great set - very cool shots. :cool: