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Hillbillygirl
12-29-2010, 06:52 PM
Or should I say Huntress.
Started out to do some architectural shots with new lenses, but lighting was terrible, plus cold, damp, and windy. So off to find some birds to shoot. These were all shot from car, out the window.
Female Harrier doing low level passes over field. These are very challenging, as they skim just a couple feet above vegetation while hunting, and hard to get a quick clear shot.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/HobbyHorseHollow/A21P7184.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/HobbyHorseHollow/A21P7182.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/HobbyHorseHollow/A21P7185.jpg

Mad Aussie
12-30-2010, 01:03 AM
How cool is that!!!! :)

Hillbillygirl
12-30-2010, 05:31 AM
Thanks MA. I am surprised these shots actually came out as well as they did. The air was saturated with moisture and very hazy. These were all taken from a distance of approx. 150-200 yards away.

Iguanasan
12-30-2010, 07:56 AM
That second one is very cool and I like the last one as well except for that stray bit. Nicely done and at ISO2000. Those new toys are treating you well.

casil403
12-30-2010, 09:59 AM
Sweet! I have never seen a harrier in real time...hopefully someday though.

Hillbillygirl
12-30-2010, 10:14 AM
Thanks Iggy and Casil.
If you want Harriers, this is the place to be. Counted at least 30+ this day, and even got a distant shot of the smaller, and much more elusive, "Grey Ghost", or aka, Male Harrier.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5289/5306797504_65347b73c0_z.jpg

Marko
12-30-2010, 10:35 AM
sweet catches HBG

Mad Aussie
12-30-2010, 03:07 PM
Good shooting with a 600mm.

Hillbillygirl
12-31-2010, 06:03 AM
Thanks Marko, and MA. Needed 600mm just to get close enough, but the air quality made it difficult to get a good shot. Hopefully it gets a little colder and clearer soon.