Beautiful pictures, Richard. The first two are great with the blue sky. The peregrine is still very well exposed, even though the sky was not cooperating. Looking at its leg, I feel like getting on my high horse again. We already have the technology to track animals invisibly. I wish the conservation folks would get with the times and find a way to track birds by other means than to put bands around their legs Someone needs to knock a few heads together....
Thanks,Al. Both the Kestrel and the Merlin gave me only 2 or 3 shots before they took off in a flash. There were two snow covered small corn fields that were full of little birds that drew the hunters in. The Kestrel landed on a roadway post a few times but I could not get close enough to him. I think the Peregrine recognizes me and lets me walk pretty close without seeming bothered.(I've seen it many times over the last two months)
Thanks,Vaughn. It was good one day and the next the small birds were gone as well as their hunters. I did catch sight of the Kestrel in the distance hunting so maybe I'll run into it again before winter is over.
Thanks,Victor. It was gone in a flash and I couldn't react fast enough to keep my lens on it but I did get a so so shot of the Kestrel in flight that I may post with a couple other flight shots(they are not all that good).
Thanks,Richard. I spent about 2 1/2 hours there today and only saw a far off Northern Harrier and the Peregrine at the top of a 50' tree. No little birds to prey on so no hunters. As I was leaving,I saw a large flock of sparrows arriving so maybe Monday will be a good day.
Thanks,Jim. I've seen the merlin a few times high up in the trees but this is the 1st and only time that it came low enough for a good image. I have been quite pleased with the results that I have been getting with the 300F4 lens with both the 1.4 & 1.7 tcs(Nikon). Rick