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Today's Idiocy

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Raindog, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. Raindog


    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    I went up to Myakka State Park today to kill some time. I packed the 200mm and TC-14E thinking that it would probably be enough.

    Along one trail I came across a catwalk that stretched over a section of wetland. Midways I noticed a red shoulder hawk perched in an old dead tree that stood in a small pool just beyond the reeds.

    I attached the TC and raised the camera but it was no good, too much distance. I dropped the camera and proceeded to the end of the catwalk. Glancing back I thought, what the hell. I waded into the tall grass paying particular attention to my footing and looking for any movement (Myakka has the highest concentration of alligators of anywhere in the world or so I'm told).

    After what seemed like an eternity I made it to the edge of the reeds and the bird was still there. I started shooting and gradually worked my way to the edge of the pool.

    Several moments later I noticed a shadow passing over me. I didn't look up thinking that if I did that I would lose my balance on the tiny bit of vegetation that was semi-solid.

    Seconds later I peeked over the viewfinder to find a large hawk in dive mode. His wings were tucked and he was coming fast. Great, I thought... I managed to avoid the gators and cottonmouths and it's going to be the subject's mate that sends me to the hospital.

    Luckily, either his dive was badly planned or he just wanted to make a point. He passed over my head close enough that I could feel the wind from his wings, circled once more and landed on a branch close to the other hawk.

    I took a few more shots and then carefully made my exit.

    NIKON D2H    ---    280mm    f/8.0    1/640s    ISO 200

    NIKON D2H    ---    280mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    NIKON D2H    ---    280mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    NIKON D2H    ---    280mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200
  2. A close encounter of the raptor kind...nice shots sweet tlight
  3. yeah man, very nice indeed!
  4. First and fourth images are superb man. Great job!

  5. Raindog


    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    Thanks guys
  6. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA

    Exceptional :) 
  7. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wow they are fantastic.
  8. Raindog


    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    I really appreciate that folks, I had to work for these.
  9. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Really outstanding work Mike! these are gorgeous shots. Your "idiosity" paid off in spades. Glad the gators didn't get you
  10. SSchex


    May 18, 2005
    Louisiana, USA
    The hawks and your shots are beautiful.
  11. Oh my oh my - these shots are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them, as well as your experience of getting them.
  12. those are beautiful shots!!! Makes you even appreciate them more when you read your story! (so thankful no reptiles up my way! LOL)
  13. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Excellent shots and interesting story Mike. :smile:
  14. Great pics!

    Make sure you tape "post to Nikoncafe.com" on your camera. The gators won't eat the camera so your pics will on after you are gator-show. :eek:  .......... :biggrin:

  15. RForshey

    RForshey Guest

    Very nice shots and a great story!
  16. Raindog


    Nov 26, 2005
    Asheville, NC
    Thanks folks,

    I'm definitely planning a return trip this weekend.
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