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Hawk used in falconry

A red-shouldered hawk

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Congratulations on being a contest finalist, Sandy! :)

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at the annual Boyd Hill Nature Preserve raptor fest in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is an amazing show with free flying raptors some used in falconry and others simply owned and handled for display.
The shot was taken mid-morning
Simply taking advantage of the natural morning light
I used a Canon 7D Mark II with a 100-400 mm Canon L lens
My speciality is nature photography and I especially like anything with wings as a retired airline pilot and master skydiver with over 13 hours and 30 minutes of freefall time flying through the air prior to deploying my parachute.
Only post processing was converting from RAW to JPEG with the usual adjustments to optimize the photo
In my camera bag
I almost always hand carry my 7D Mark II with 100-400 mm lens and usually have nothing else with me
I am lucky to live in an area of Florida with an incredible amount of raptors to photograph but obviously one increases their odds of a good raptor shot by attending a raptor fest where there is often opportunity for incredible shots both static and in-flight

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