From the critters and I.
It’s not easy getting close to a Kestral. Especially when they are dining on rodent. I was incredibly lucky to be sitting about 60 feet away from a Kestrel landing site when this mighty hunter stopped by. She had a little morsel and really didn’t seem to care a whole lot about me. I am harmless.
I was doing my best to not crack up laughing. She spent the first few minutes de-furing the mouse. Mouse fur was flying everywhere….
It was obvious she was going for the meat. She was enjoying the meal.
I think she got impatient with the bits and pieces and soon went for the whole enchilada.
Good to the last foot! I mean drop!
Then shook off all the drippings.
Here is a short video or her dining.
I have thousands of photographs of Norther Harriers.
I just can’t help myself. They are a blast to watch. Even more fun to attempt and capture in flight. The Harrier is beautiful when it’s wings and feathers are all spread out in flight. This last week I was blessed to find an amiable suitor to let me follow……
Hunting from the same post she would take off one direction……..
More than not she missed the kill. She would then fly back to the post. Watch for prey. Then take off the other direction……
All my practice “panning” paid off this day for sure.
About 30 years ago my life changed.
God sent Karen and I a little redhead. Man was she a screamer! But oh so beautiful. My first of three kids. Like most families the picture taking starts out real heavy with the first child. Then it declines as more little ones drop in. Doesn’t seem fair to the other siblings. Especially while sitting around the table the youngest asks ” why don’t we have any pictures of me?”
In my house the photo passion started with the oldest child and grew more passionate even until this day. In short order I put a studio addition in my home, installed a dark room, and added more and more equipment. Over the years I have always had a Nikon camera. For a few years Hasselblads were added to my camera family. So, for some 30+ years I have owned all kinds of camera gear, lighting and studio gear. Though always an amateur.
Recently Nikon announced the Df Camera.
Holy cow it looked just like the camera body I started with. The F series camera (FE, FM, Etc.) was my workhorse back then. I had to have this new camera!
A couple of weeks ago the Df landed at my house. Between work, stress, life and rattling in my head I haven’t really had it out to play with. This past couple of weeks it has been really cold in Utah. Tonight at sunset the Df and I went a shootin’. Though I still feel like crap from a cold I was pretty excited. Then the memories flooded back. Back in the day I would drive home from work in the winter hoping to capture a beautiful sunset. Probably all photographers look to sunsets in the beginning of their photography adventure. I sure did. With the Df in hand tonight, sub zero temps, an inversion and a cold I was reliving the old days.
The manual controls on the camera are perfect! I love this camera. I expect rain, cold, sun or night I will be carrying this gem. If only to re-light some of my early photography visions!
WInter has come!
And I have been staring at the ceiling and walls. First and hopefully only winter cold. I just had to get and today. Grabbed some gear, bundled up and headed out to my “spot”. It didn’t take long to start tracking an American Kestral. For many years I have captured some fun photo’s of these hyper hunters. This time of year they pretty much will land on several of the same spots and watch for little critters. To day a rock and rebar was a couple of lookout spots.
In the very cold winter they are a little more tolerant of cars and photographers that stay in their cars. Of course it helps when shooting with a 600mm lens.
When leaving the island I always look for the BIG guys. Today I was lucky! Had to stop real fast grab my 80-400 lens while driving and shooting. Then this huge buck stopped long enough for me to barely fit him in the photo. Of a dozen shots fired in just over a second this is the only one that got the full rack captured! This guy looks a bit like a fullback. What a huge neck!