I commented in another thread on shooting at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City (https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?p=9932#9932). I'm extremely grateful to the Aviary for their support of my photography in allowing me to shoot their birds under many circumstances. One such moment came in photographing an Andean Condor, nicknamed, of all things, "Andy". This Andean Condor has a wingspan of about eleven feet and holds the eyes of every visitor closely. He looks over a person as if they were incipient prey, somewhat inconveniently located outside the cage, but eventually to fall within his dietary requirements, which seem highly elastic given all the people he surveys. In this case, I shot again from outside the large cage it inhabits. I wanted to get some close head-shots that would expose the wrinkled skin of the head. As usual with these things, there are challenges to overcome. The Andean Condor has a ruff of stark white fine feathers surrounding the head at the neck, with dark brown and grey feathers on the body. The head has both pink and grey elements, with a largish ivory coloured beak. The enclosure had elements of sharp shadow and stark sunlight. Without some care, the white ruff of feathers would blow out, or the shadow details of the head would be lost. As I positioned my camera, the bird proceeded to look right at me, shriek several times, and then disdainfully looked away. Fortunately for me, I lack any sense of self-preservation, and simply shot away. I call the first shot, "Pray for Prey". D100, 200-400mm AFS/VR, TC17E (net 550mm), ISO200, 1/250s, f/9, exp. comp. -1.0 EV, processed in NC, no crop The second one could be called, "You're Just Carrion On". D100, 200-400mm AFS/VR, TC17E (net 490mm), ISO200, 1/125s, f/9, exp. comp. -1.0 EV, processed in NC, no crop As before, the cage creates some background and bokeh effects. In addition, the rear cage wall creates additional effects. Note that the aperture f/9 reflects the teleconverter attached to the f/4 lens, with a slight adjustment to get a touch longer DOF. I later tried several shots with f/11 to try and gain more DOF on the beak of the bird, but the "cage effect" became more obvious. Even if you have a sudden need to prey, always shoot. John P.