Fly By

Fly By

Hawks. Gorgeous, majestic, jerky hawks. As you may know, Jamie and I are still on a mission to get a nice picture of a hawk, and it isn’t that this is an impossible task – its that hawks are giant jerks. Every so often one will tease me by flying by close enough for me to get a great shot, and never when I have my camera. Today was another one of those days. I was going into my room to get changed, and looked out the window to see a hawk flying about 2 storeys below and about 20 feet from my building. You know, perfect distance for a great shot. I decided that just in case this hawk was awesome, I would get my camera and telephoto lens and go out to the balcony for a little while. I couldn’t spend too long out there, but figured I would try.

There I was, out on the balcony waiting to see if this guy would come back and getting rather cold. Not that it was a really cold day today, but I decided not to put on a jacket. Just as I was getting tired of waiting, I spotted him flying diagonally across the street toward one of the tallest condo buildings. He circled and perched close to the top.

Jerk Hawk 1

Jerk Hawk 1

I waited for him to make a move, deep down wishing that he would fly my way. My hopes started to rise as I thought “Today is the day!”. Suddenly it happened, he took off again! But then flew up to the roof, where suddenly I realized there was another one! This was incredible. My hopes skyrocketed as now I knew I was going to have two chances.

Jerk Hawk 2

Jerk Hawk 2

I stood there, watching, waiting. My heart pounding with excitement. I knew something was going to happen, something amazing. And then it did. He leaped up and landed on top of the other one. A smile washed over his face and there was a fury of wing flapping and movement.

Mating Season

Mating Season

After he was finished up, true to the animal kingdom, he quickly flew off but kept a solid distance from me and the hawk shot of my dreams. Today’s shot of the day, is the best I managed to get.

Now you are thinking, wait, you had another chance! Well, yes, I sure did and she decided to take off seemingly flying in my direction, only to veer off and fly away and out of sight.

Jerk Hawk 3

Jerk Hawk 3

Today was not the day.

This was taken on my Canon 7D with the Sigma 80-400mm at 400mm, at 1/1000 of a second, F7.1, and in ISO of 160. Today was a pretty overcast day.

 

One thought on “March 25 – Chuck

  1. It looks like a special photo to me — mating hawks taken from a high-rise in a metropolis

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