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The Eye of the Buzzard



She's a Ferruginous Buzzard. Origin: North America.

She's a Ferruginous Buzzard. Origin: North America.
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B-D-S
 
B-D-S October 23, 2014
Awesome detail, wonderful !!!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis November 13, 2014
Awesome shot great detail! Voted close ups in nature :-)
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon November 24, 2014
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Closeups on Nature, great detail
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita November 25, 2014
congrats...Finalist is an awesome achievement!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita November 25, 2014
congrats...Finalist is an awesome achievement!
Rustybucket8472 PRO
 
Rustybucket8472 November 25, 2014
Thank you to everyone who voted for my image
reinasmyth PRO+
 
reinasmyth November 25, 2014
Congrats!
Akire
 
Akire November 25, 2014
Congratulations! Outstanding close up!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer November 25, 2014
Congratulations on Finalist in Closeup in Nature!
mehulmandan
 
mehulmandan November 25, 2014
very nice click. amazing detAILS. what lens did u use?
noosha
 
noosha November 25, 2014
Fantastic
noosha
 
noosha November 25, 2014
Congratulation!!!!
lindamcbride
 
lindamcbride November 25, 2014
Beautiful capture, Congratulations on your success.
Delano07
 
Delano07 November 26, 2014
Many congratulations on your Finalist Win Russel. Great shot.
jrfleury
 
jrfleury November 26, 2014
Very creative crop. Works well.
tbrockett28
 
tbrockett28 November 26, 2014
this is a great photo, awesome work
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 November 27, 2014
Beautiful detail! Congrats!!!
pat-rice440
 
pat-rice440 November 28, 2014
gorgeous clarity, colors and bckgrd..great shot
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana December 02, 2014
A great shot! Congratulations!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis December 02, 2014
Voted..Express yourself:-)
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis December 02, 2014
Congrats on your Award:-)
Thimbee
 
Thimbee December 04, 2014
Cool shot!
Sandyfriedkin1942 PRO+
 
Sandyfriedkin1942 December 10, 2014
Wonderful closeup. Tack sharp & well coomposed, Sandy
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana December 16, 2014
Voted!
CiprianNafornita
 
CiprianNafornita December 18, 2014
woww
bearinmybackyard
 
bearinmybackyard January 03, 2015
great photo voted goodluck
GRACECAPRI
 
GRACECAPRI January 11, 2015
Keep up the awesome work. Amazing capture
TedCobbett PRO+
 
TedCobbett January 18, 2015
Beautiful shot! but this looks more like a red tailed hawk than a buzzard.
Rustybucket8472 PRO
Rustybucket8472 February 07, 2015
Hi, She's a Ferruginous Buzzard. Origin: North America.
amyktoney
 
amyktoney February 07, 2015
Congratulations!! Well deserved!
KC685
 
KC685 March 23, 2015
Fantastic shot! Beautiful looking creature too! Congratulations.
allen PRO+
 
allen April 14, 2015
Awesome shot!
Justinkid
 
Justinkid April 29, 2015
I have no words, masterpiece!
kathleenweetman
 
kathleenweetman May 12, 2015
Wonderful...wonderful...wonderful news about the award in MARCH ...How did I miss that snippet of news....? Always love the bird shots......k
kathleenweetman
 
kathleenweetman May 12, 2015
Voted in this comp too...k
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz May 12, 2015
Extraordinary!!! Congratulations on your awards and good luck.:)
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon May 12, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Monthly Pro Volume 10 great work
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita May 12, 2015
congrats on being a Finalist
bearinmybackyard
 
bearinmybackyard May 12, 2015
magnificent shot votyed good luck
Rustybucket8472 PRO
 
Rustybucket8472 May 13, 2015
Thanks to everyone who voted on my image in Monthly Pro Vol 10 Photo contest
kathleenweetman
kathleenweetman May 13, 2015
Well done on the award FINALIST...nice title..hugs k
billblenman PRO+
 
billblenman May 13, 2015
5 Star mate
Rustybucket8472 PRO
Rustybucket8472 May 13, 2015
Thanks a lot, Bill
jackie007
 
jackie007 May 13, 2015
Great job on winning monthly pro vol 10
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer May 13, 2015
Finalist in Monthly Pro contest - congratulations!!
Parallel
 
Parallel May 15, 2015
My congratulations!!! Great work!
Pblais PRO+
 
Pblais May 15, 2015
The photo Gods don't bless this well all that often! Even got the reflection in the eye. How you didn't get bit is beyond me!
LookSee
 
LookSee May 22, 2015
Congrats on your win! Very good portrait.
Rustybucket8472 PRO
Rustybucket8472 May 22, 2015
Thank you so much
Parallel
 
Parallel May 28, 2015
Again??? :)))))) My congratulations!!!
reinasmyth PRO+
 
reinasmyth May 28, 2015
Congratulations! well deserved
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon May 28, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Foto Digital Volume 4 Contest ... great result.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 29, 2015
Awesome capture! Congrats.
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer May 29, 2015
Russ - congratulations on winning Finalist in the Fotodigital contest!
Rustybucket8472 PRO
 
Rustybucket8472 May 30, 2015
Thanks to everyone that voted.
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold May 30, 2015
Congratulation on all your awards! Thats an amazing shot!!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography June 10, 2015
well done!
JoanLoBo PRO
 
JoanLoBo July 16, 2015
voted for this one in up close contest Rusty..Good luck
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel July 23, 2015
This one gets it. Sheer beauty.
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis July 26, 2015
Voted up close:-)
kathleenweetman
 
kathleenweetman August 24, 2015
Voted close up.....k
Flosno
 
Flosno September 01, 2015
Excellent entry...voted
Roach1969
 
Roach1969 September 16, 2015
Fantastic close up, love the clarity and detail. Thank you for entering my challenge :D
ConnieFresn PRO+
 
ConnieFresn October 20, 2015
Fabulous...the detail is just awesome. Love it.
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman January 16, 2016
Perfection!
tmtburke PRO
 
tmtburke May 09, 2016
Congratulations on being the Peoples Choice in Birds of Prey Challenge
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel July 29, 2016
You capture the fierceness in the eyes so well. THis photo deserves the awards.
DropsOfBeauty
 
DropsOfBeauty August 10, 2016
Man you are AMAZING!
DropsOfBeauty
 
DropsOfBeauty August 10, 2016
may i ask what camera did you use?
shivashankar_6521
 
shivashankar_6521 September 07, 2016
Gorgeous feels real
kathleenweetman
 
kathleenweetman November 02, 2016
Voted ...k
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman November 20, 2016
Congratulations on another win Russ. Very much deserved
Rustybucket8472 PRO
 
Rustybucket8472 November 20, 2016
Thanks to everyone that voted.
kathleenweetman
 
kathleenweetman November 25, 2016
She is such a beauty.....Where did you take this one? VOTED ..
wemco2 PRO
 
wemco2 December 04, 2016
Congratulations on such a perfect capture, with such perfect detail!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 06, 2017
Beautiful

Behind The Lens

Location
We decided to go out for the day to take some photos. This photo was taken at Leeds castle in Kent, UK which is a beautiful place to go to take some lovely photos. The castle itself is very picturesque and I always take lots of photos of that but through the grounds they have a Bird of Prey Centre where you can really get up close to the birds. This allows you to take some fabulous photos at very close range. I am so lucky as I only live about 30 miles from this castle. I would recommend a visit to Leeds castle if ever you are in the area.
Time
It was taken around noon in September. The weather was just right for the shot of this beautiful bird, not full on bright sunshine but just a bit of cloud and a very bright autumn day so lots of natural light. The birds sit out on tree stumps all day and get taken out to fly from the castle grounds at various intervals during the day so depending on the time of day you visit there will be different birds available to photograph like this. It's worth hanging around the area where they sit as the staff are very knowledgeable and happy to talk about the birds if they are not doing a display.
Lighting
The photo was taken on a sunny day so as I said previously there was lots of natural light. The birds sit under trees which shade them so you have to choose the angle that you photograph the birds from to make the most of the natural light. I didn't use any flash photography or false lighting just all completely natural.
Equipment
I used a Canon 70D camera with a 100-400mm telephoto lens on manual setting. It is my favourite lens. Because the birds of prey sit in a little fenced off area this lens enables me to stand by the waist high fence and zoom in to get perfect shots. I also have a 90 x 300 ml telephoto lens which is good for using if you are closer to the birds and I have tried using that for these birds but the 100-400 is so perfect for this type of close up shot. As long as the bird sits still of course!!!!!!
Inspiration
I love taking photos of wild animals but obviously quite limited to where I can go to do that. I have been to several birds of prey centres but usually they are all sitting behind wire mesh in cages and that can blur the images so much that to get a lovely clear image without any wire was incredible, Couldn't pass up the opportunity for this. There were about 8 different birds of prey all sat out under the trees so I managed to get lots of photos and I was really amazed at the clarity of this photo when I looked at this on the computer when I got home.
Editing
No, none at all I am pleased to say. All I did was to crop the image and zoom in, nothing else needed doing. I would much rather have a good natural photo than enhance it using Photoshop. If I use Photoshop to distort photographs it is always very obvious as you can see from some of the other photos on my site.
In my camera bag
I have 2 Canon cameras that I use. A 70D, 400D camera with different lenses on them so I don't waste time changing them and chance missing a shot. My lenses are 100-400mm telephoto lens a 28-300mm telephoto lens a 90-300mm lens 2x 18-55mm and a EF 100mm macro lens. Also a tripod and a monopod. I don't always take all the cameras out with me, it really depends on where I go for the day and how much I want to carry!!!
Feedback
Just take your time, don't rush and you should get the shot you want. You need lots of patience when photographing wild animals as they are so unpredictable. Also it is sometimes better to go to these places when it is quiet so during the weekdays rather than at weekends.

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