Unusual GBH Landing (large / many images)

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This is not the normal landing sequence as the bird climbs over a 150 feet from the lake, where it has just fed on shad that were caught in the dam generator turbine blades, to the top of a tall tree along the shoreline.

The day was very hazy and overcast, and these were taken from about 300 feet. Shot with the D2H /300mm f2.8 + TC-20EII, for a focal length of 600mm. Cropped about 25%.

Climbing hard:
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Still climbing:
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Still....
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Still........
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Still climbing, but starting the flare:
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Flare:
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Touchdown (or up....;-)):
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The 2.0 TC has a reputation for softness, and these are a tad on the soft side, but I attribute some of this to camera shake, due to the 600mm focal length, and some to the hazy conditions. Certainly acceptable all things considered IMHO. 8)
 
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Nice series, Frank! It's amazing to watch the big herons and egrets land in the trees and a real pleasure to get the shots! (did you notice my avatar?) I'm always surprised that the trees can support them.
 
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Great sequence Frank! It really shows the bird's wing span and wing movement. They certainly seem reasonably sharp to me. Those tree branches hardly seem strong enough to hold him.
 
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Cool pictures, Frank. Interesting to see the series of them landing in the tree. The branches look kinda flimsy. Were they able to hold him up?
 
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Kevin,

Dennis (Nikam) made the same observation, and it is kind of funny to see them when they first put their weight on the branches. The branches bend like crazy, and the bird flaps and flops around quite a bit until everything stabilizes. 8)

I can't wait to get back over there when the sky is clear and there is less haze. We had so many shooting opportunities that I couldn't believe it. Many came out not so good though because of the conditions (couldn't have been the shooter....;-)).

Thanks,
 

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