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Old 09-03-2012   #1
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Hello,
Today was day two ..... looking for willing subjects.
It was amazing to see this Swainson's Hawk hunt for large grasshoppers. It would perch on a post for a while, then take off flying for a short distance, land on the ground, grab its prey and perch again. It was even more amazing that it would let me get so close for some nice tight portraits. It does not happen very often but when it does, the rewards are phenomenal.
Here are some portraits from this morning's outing. Backgrounds were generally much better from the ones I got yesterday as there is no green grass showing. The background in the first 3 is a wheat field. The light was also much better.

So here we go..... A total of 4 treats from about 45 minutes spent with this bird. During this time, I took about 50 shots such as those (100% keeper rate )







And the following ... with the sky as a background.
This is as close as one could ever get to a wild Raptor.



The 4 images are again full sensor (no crop applied).
Nikon D300s + Nikkor 500 mm F4 VR + 1.4x TC
Thank you for looking.

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Very nice feather detail on #4. Great views of a wild bird.
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Stunning! As usual!
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Stunning photos
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It's been said above, Stunning. Excellent shots Gilles
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Superb series Gilles; excellent feather details
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You are a very talented man Gilles. Incredible shots!
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Love these shots
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Lovely series and framing


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