I got a surprise along with my new penthouse condo, that being periodic close encounters with a half-dozen Golden Eagles from the State Park just down the street. In the coldest winter winds, the immature eagles have staged several kamikaze-style raids from inches over my roof to the courtyard below, much to the displeasure of resident squirrels and such. Even saw a Star Wars style pursuit and fight from a pair of Perrigrines through the courtyard. A breathtaking personal encounter, but one not very likely to be believed.
@amendegw (who incidentally was nominated in the National Geographic 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year competition) [corrected by correspondent] and others, what advice do you have for a tripod-mounted hobbyist DSLR and lens to capture these guys at distances of 7-40 meters in fairly decent lighting? I know I asked this before, but I am on a supertight hobby budget this year.
Or would a Canon G-Series be enough? They have a reputation for good non-interchangeable glass.
Jerry, I would devour volumes of tips and techniques, if you have compiled some
I am hyperfocused this weekend, not only because of two stunning flyovers this past week, but because of my sister's brilliant life, who would be 68 tomorrow. She was kind of a Temple Grandin of Ornithology, and believed she could talk to birds (ha!)
I believe that is a red-tail hawk taken at Moorpark on then left, and Perrigrine chicks from the UC Santa Cruz project on the right.