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Old 02-09-2009, 11:13 PM   #1
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Catching birds in flight is exciting! Even if they are just using their wings for something other than flying it makes for more interesting shots than a perched bird.

I go on hawk-runs at this time of year, trying to catch Red-tailed Hawks in flight, because I already have a couple million of RTHs just perched.

Since I'm in the passenger seat I can play with the camera while Roger is driving. He is also an excellent hawk-spotter.

Although it's usually fine to leave the camera settings on automatic, in order to catch birds in flight, it's important to get the fastest shutter speed possible.
Program mode>menu>
White balance: automatic or sunny or cloudy, etc.
ISO: automatic or depending on light choose setting of 100 or higher
Change mode to A-Aperature wide open (lowest setting)
Change mode to S-Shutter speed - use joystick to get fastest SS
I point the camera into whatever conditions I expect to shoot and lighting can change fast so adjustment may be necessary often.
I do not have a DSLR. You can use similar method with most Point and Shoot cameras.

1) Red-tailed Hawk spreading her wings after dining on a deer carcass in the winter
2) RTH in flight
3) Killdeer using "Broken-wing display" to distract possible danger (me) from nest
4) Seagull lifting off, wingtips still in water
5) Anhinga drying wings



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Old 02-09-2009, 11:28 PM   #2
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1) Canada Goose pretending to be a swan
2) Two seagull having a lively discussion
3) One seagull making a soft landing on the other
4) Not a good shot taken through the window but cute wing action
5) Young hawk ready for lift off



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Old 02-10-2009, 12:35 AM   #3
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Osprey taking off
Bald eagle using wings as a radiator to gather heat at below zero
Juvenile Redtail hawk taking off
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We need some buttered popcorn to sit back and watch this battle of the wings. This is great.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:46 PM   #5
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And some Good n Plenty. I'll second the great photos.
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:59 AM   #6
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Great shots! Someday I'll get good enough to do that! In the meantime I'm really enjoying your work, both of you!
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #7
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Oh no! Is this a throw down!

I've already posted some of my favorite pics of birds in flight.

I posted my favorite osprey shot in last months photo contest...
I think I already posted the red tail taking off from a post, somewhere here also...

I have a few more that are postable...
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:01 PM   #8
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Very nice!
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:13 PM   #9
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~Wings in Action~-p1080513ed.jpg 1) Blue Macaws I think, at Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls

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Old 02-12-2009, 01:44 AM   #10
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You have shamed me, Sage. I turned up my nose at my old Powershot s2, and have been trying to learn my Canon Rebel xti that I got for Christmas. I even used up the budget and bought a 250mm telephoto lens, as well...and yet, so far, my shots are lousy. I did better with the PS2, in fact!

I must say, in my defense, that every day I've gone out has been cloudy or overcast, and I just could not get enough light for a super-fast shutter speed. Years ago I knew how to use a (regular) slr camera (a Minolta) but I'm getting old and have forgotten all the "tricks."

I hope I can eventually deserve this nice gift, instead of just feel disgusted each time I load the photos onto my computer.
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