Today we have 4 raptors caught in the air. I have often tried with mixed success to catch birds in flight. Either they have been too far, or too blurry, or a problem with exposure because the sun was in the wrong angle… you name a possible photographic issue, I am pretty confident that I will have an example in my collection. Fortunately, once in a while, I get that golden shot which makes me very happy. So here is my selection coming out of the last 3 months.
Raptors are something else, as they hang around looking for a prey. They hover almost stationary sometimes, or they make wide circles, progressively moving the circle in a pattern to cover huge amount of ground. I have seen them dive in for a prey, but never been able to catch them in the act. It’s always too late by the time I get there. Either they were gone, or I would see them flying away, and I could tell they had something dangling in their claws. But they were too far away to take decent pictures.
In this post, we have an osprey, a Peregrine falcon, a red tail hawk, and a turkey vulture.
I have covered the osprey in previous posts:
and the red tail hawk in this unusual sequence:
I also once posted a pic of a turkey vulture flying over lake Hodges, but so far nothing of the peregrine falcon.
It is a small raptor, but what’s interesting is that in the last month I have seen this Peregrine falcon take a liking to the dead tree across the street, which I can watch from my office window. So, I will probably prepare a post dedicated to that particular bird in the near future.