Misty Morning Magic
These Green-winged Teal illuminated by a golden dawn light head off to frolic through the rising mist.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f.4 lens handheld at 1/500, f.4, ISO 800, +3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes. Added contrast and vibrency to image to reduce the dullness of the rising mist, slightly tilted to align horizon.
Giving My New Wings A Test Drive - Wood Duck
This young Wood Duck gives his new wings an early morning test drive. The early morning light explains the contrasty look.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500 L f4 lens handheld at 1/1000, f4.5, ISO 400, +1/3 esposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes while maintaining the full-frame proportions.
Road Runner, Duck-Style
This male Mallard runs atop the water like the cartoon Road Runner before lifting off - always a humerous sight to see.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f4, ISO 400, +1/3 exposue compensation.
Very slight crop for composition purposes, a couple of too-obvious round spots removed from background.
Slip Me Some Tongue! - Green Heron
This Green Heron gives a great display of his tongue technique.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 II Extender handheld @ 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 640, + 1/3 exposure compensation.
Slight crop for composition purposes. Some annoying circles in the background clonned away. Bluish tint on the log behind my name removed.
Cooper's Hawk - Get Out Of My Way
This juvenile Cooper's Hawk leaves its perch to try his luck with a nearby squirrel.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/640, f/4, ISO 400, +2 exposure compensation.
The overall lighting was terrible because of the high trees blocking the light.
Cropped to fit an 8 x 16 format. Some blurring of the background to soften the edges of the bright circles.
Lights, Action, Camera!
It's all about the light with this flying duck shot, taken with the evening sun to its back and to the left - that's why the water isn't blue!
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f4, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation. Cropped for composition purposes.
Osprey Dive Bomber
Earlier this spring, this Osprey went into a classic steep dive before hitting the water to capture its fish prey.
Canon 7D with the 500L f/4 lens with 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000, f/8, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation.
Cooper's Hawk On The Move
And now for something a little bit more serious than my previous offering.
This juvenile Cooper's Hawk gives me the high five as it takes off after a parent who delivered a freshly-captured meal.
Canon 5D III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/500, f4, ISO 1600, +3 1/3 exposure compensation. I don't do this often, but I threw in a bit of Gaussian blur for the background.
The low-light capabilities of the 5D III is superb as compared to my 7D.
The Exorcist Linda Blair Head Spin - Cooper's Hawk Version
It's summetime, so it's time for some foolishness!
This Cooper's Hawk seems to be giving us the old Linda Blair head spin from the movie The Exorcist.
The bird was feeding on a dead bird and suddenly began vomiting. While vomiting, the bird shook its head violently. With a very slow shutter speed due to a very low light situation, the body stayed in focus while the head gave us this effect.
Certainly not one for exposition purposes, but funny nonetheless!
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/160, f4, ISO 800, +2 2/3 exposure compensation. Very slight crop.
It's All Mine! Juvenile Cooper's Hawk With Breakfast
There's not much light early morninbg in a tall stand of trees with branches.
This young Cooper's Hawk just received breakfast delivered by a parent, and he is in no mood to share it with a sibling.
Canon 5D Mark lll with the 500L f4 lens handheld at 1/200, f/4, ISO 2000, +3 exposure compensation.
Slight crop for composition purposes. A small branch on the left clonned away. Saturation reduced a dull the green/yellow dominance.
This was my first day with my new 5D Mark lll, and the low-light handling is great.
Snack On The Run - Female American Kestrel
This female American Kestrel whizes by with a yummy snack in her beak.
A hello to good friends who were present!
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 400, +1 1/3 exposure compensation due to the light sky.
Small crop for composition purposes to frame at 12 x 16.
A bit of fill-in in post-processing to lighten up the bird.
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