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NatureLoverJJWal November 10, 2020
Awesome capture!
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terrymccollum November 25, 2020
Thanks... I Love capturing Birds of Prey
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Splendid capture Terry.
davidsloan August 16, 2022
Lovely capture and great info too, well worth some spilt Coffee ☕🌝
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Behind The Lens

Believe it or not, this photo was taken in my backyard. I was quietly watching my three bird feeders for photo opportunities and drinking my morning coffee. Then all of a sudden every bird on the property took off as fast as they could get away. Some of them flying directly at me. I threw my coffee on the ground and grabbed the camera as quickly as I could. With camera in hand, this glorious Cooper's Hawk landed in a tree twenty feet away. A lone finch was still in tree and the Hawk eyes quickly spotted it. Fortunately, the finch got away, but gave me about fifteen seconds to take as many photographs as my Canon 80D could take. Christmas came early for me.
It was about seven AM. Sunrise was about forty five minutes earlier and the three bird feeders were packed with Finch, Sparrows, Thrashers, and a couple of Woodpeckers all getting their morning breakfast.
Fortunately the first thing I do in a morning is take some test photos and adjust the aperture, shutter speed, and the ISO for the current lighting conditions. Ten minutes latter the Cooper's Hawk showed up.
I have a Cannon 80D and a recently purchased Sigma 150-600mm lens. My tripod was about ten feet away unused when the Cooper's Hawk Landed. I have Parkinson's so I keep my shutter speed set pretty fast when I take photos without a tripod.
Most people in my neighborhood call me and know me as the "Bird Man of Glendale". I set up a Facebook Group called "Wildlife for my Glendale Az Neighbors". We now have several photographers contributing photos daily of local wildlife. I do my best to catch them in flight. You can also view the photos on my website the ViewBug set up for me called "FrozenInTime.net". Most of the neighborhood access it as well. I enjoy talking to them as I walk around our ponds taking photos.
No, These photos came out of the camera as you see them. HOWEVER, I just invested in a Canon 1DX Mark III as a retirement gift to myself. I retire Dec 31st of this year and I plan on taking photos as long as my health allows me to.
In my camera bag
I carry 18mm, 50mm, 70-300mm, and 150-600mm lens. I have a tripod with a gimbal and a mono pod.
Take test shots for the currently lighting, be alert to your surroundings (including sounds), and use paper or plastic coffee cups.

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