bird photography : red-shouldered hawk

Early-morning visits really pay off when heaed to Huntley Meadows.  Though not the first bird-watchers to arrive that morning, John and Beth were there just after seven a.m. and found this fine hawk watching over a small bluebird-boxed clearing where normally several butterbums (Yellow-rumped Warblers) hang out.  He posed for several photographs before spotting breakfast at the edge of the meadow.  The funniest thing was how a dumb squirrel later scampered up the tree this hawk had perched in with his meal, nearly reaching the hawk's perch before noticing!
Early-morning visits really pay off when heaed to Huntley Meadows. Though not the first bird-watchers to arrive that morning, John and Beth were there just after seven a.m. and found this fine hawk watching over a small bluebird-boxed clearing where normally several butterbums (Yellow-rumped Warblers) hang out. He posed for several photographs before spotting breakfast at the edge of the meadow. The funniest thing was how a dumb squirrel later scampered up the tree this hawk had perched in with his meal, nearly reaching the hawk's perch before noticing!
Equipment:Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Canon EF 300mm f4L IS with 1.4x Teleconverter
Settings:f5.6; 1/250 sec.; focal length at 420 mm; ISO 400
Date:April 2, 2006 7:53 am
Location:Huntley Meadows Park / Fairfax County, VA
Photography Notes:
The light was poor for this early-morning photograph on an overcast day that brought several short showers, but a combination of the Better Beamer flash extender and some saturation applied in image processing yielded this fine photograph. John couldn't have hoped for a better background--look at that bokeh!
 



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