I have shared a picture of our neighborhood hawk before. Very early on in this endeavor he was sitting in a tree in our backyard and I grabbed my 70--300mm lens and snapped a few shots on my 5100. My, how things have changed in the past year.
KC and I walked the dog this afternoon and noticed our hawk sitting on top of the lamp post at the corner. I did not have my camera with me and the dog really needed to be walked so I figured it was a lost opportunity. Much to our surprise, he was still sitting there when we came back! I dashed back to the house, switched to my 70-200mm and rushed back to the corner. He was still sitting there, pretty as you please and very graciously allowed me to photograph him for several minutes. Then, much to my astonishment, he took off and circled overhead for a few minutes as though he knew I was taking his picture and wanted to make sure I got some good shots of his gorgeous wings. In the picture above, he is circling directly above me and he's looking right at me. Kind of creepy but fascinating at the same time.
On the photographic side of this, the amazing part is the detail I was able to capture. Even zoomed in to 200mm, I had to crop it significantly but you can still see individual feathers and the scales on his talons in many of these pictures. I am in awe of my equipment at this point.
This is one of the pictures I didn't crop.
This one I did.
I was standing in the same spot using the same settings for both pics. The only difference is the crop. The detail is amazing even that cropped. Of course, I had to export all these pics to JPEG and limit the size of them to be published on this site so you'll have to trust me that it's amazing.
So after he flew around in circles a few times, he took off up the street. I found him in a tree in the back yard of neighbor a few houses up. I could see him roosting there from my back deck so I took a few more shots which didn't come out very well because it was all backlit and I didn't have a clear shot through my neighbor's trees. Then he dove out of the tree and I got this shot which I thought was pretty cool.
Here are the rest of the pics I deemed worthy of posting. I know many of them look similar but they are all different. The light was so good and he was posing so prettily, I couldn't help myself!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun