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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:53 am 
Wow, wolf those are some incredible shots. I agree with pierovera, I love the story with the pictures. While the pictures alone are really great, adding the story makes the reader feel as though he/she is actually there while looking at the shots. Great way to end your summer :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:04 pm 
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Great moment, Wolf - how lucky you were to get such a cool opportunity and at just the right time of day for those shots.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:48 pm 
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awesome Wolf, beautiful moment.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:26 am 
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Sometimes I wish an encounter never would have happened and this was one of them... found him sitting just off the road and no matter how close I got he never took off. Turned out he had been shot in the wing so I called the local wildlife officers and they came and picked him up. He will survive but unfortunately he will not be released into the wild again and will end up in a zoo somewhere.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:48 am 
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If your encounter hadn't happened, he might not have been rescued, so probably a good job it did!

Cracking `portrait` of a magnificant bird.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:25 am 
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oldCarlos has a good point, I think he/she would really thank you for saving him/her. Poor bird :(
Anyways, great shot

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:43 am 
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It looks a bit angry, no wonder after being shot, good one Wolf.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:26 pm 
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson AZ. Wish these were wild shots but not. They are trained raptors for aerial display. They had a Peregrine Falcon but it never landed and was WAY too fast

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:18 am 
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Some really nice shots there Mike. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:23 am 
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nice shots mike.. that gray hawk looks amazing... never seen one of those before.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:11 pm 
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Thanks for the comments.

The Gray Hawk is a mostly South-American bird that runs up the costs of Mexico and used to make it up into southern Arizona but is becoming more rare. Apparently it is very particular to the cottonwood tree and I guess those are becoming rare as well.

Man, I'm learning quick to be a birder you have got to have the gear. The only reason I got these was because of the controlled environment. The Tamron 70-300 is a nice lens for a beginner but does not cut it for real moving wild stuff. I could pre-plan my shot because I could see the trainer try to draw the bird to a specific tree

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yup... :D and 300 is also a bit short for most wild birding.... 400 works and you will get a lot of good shots but if you are really serious about birding I think 600 is the way to go.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:37 am 
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yes a bit more range would be nice, but I do love my 70-300. Its a great all-round portable lens particularly in bushy or forested areas, easy to carry around. Generally speaking in those areas birds aren`t that easily spooked and you can get reasonably close. Considering the dust, humidity and rain I have subjected the camera and lens too, its all performed faultlessly. I was a bit touchy about all that, because its what wrecked my Sony A100 its 75-300zoom.

Have a friend that recently bought a 60D and the 70-300 Sp VC Tamron, I had a bit of a play with it and don`t find it much slower to the 70-300L with the 7D. Just wondering if your cameras focus system maybe the culprit here, the 550D or T2 may just not be as quick. Didn`t get to explore its AI servo tracking on a bird in flight, but seemed responsive enough.

Would love a longer zoom for our open areas, were the birds have a larger threat zone. The 1.4 kenko extender works reasonable well on the 70-300 up to around 280, so get around 390 at f8. IS is still very very good with focus speed and IQ down a bit.

A Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM would be nice, but not a realistic. Its about priorities, would rather take time off from work and take family and caravan on a holiday for a few month than spend it on a fancy lens.
If canon refreshed the 400 prime 400 F5.6 with IS I think I would get it.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:52 am 
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Oh I'm certainly sure that the T2i's focus system is nothing as good as a 7D :) I do have to send the lens back because it keeps losing communication with the camera and I'm going to mention that it has to hunt to focus more then my other lenses.

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Im still waiting for the 200-400 to come out... but Im gonna rent before I buy.... it needs to be amazing before I start thinking about lugging that around on most of my outings instead of the 100-400... but I do see myself buying it at some point especially with the 1.4 built into it... pricing on it will be interesting as well... Ive heard everything from 8K to 11K.I personally cant see it being much more than 9K seeing nikon's 200-400 is selling for 7K now but without the 1.4. I know they are still being feild tested as a friend of mine seen a canon pro shooting one in BC while on an Orca outing in August.

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