I went over to Branchbrook Park in Newark after today’s mock trial practice. Just wanted to scope the place out as a possible venue for photos in the future. Shot a couple of landscape-type shots with the 17-55mm lens, and then realized there was something verrrrrry interesting out on the ice.
I walked back to the car, swapped out the 17-55 for the 100-400 telephoto, grabbed the tripod, got as close as I could, set things up and started shooting — my very first shots of a red tail hawk — with prey even!!
Not sure at the moment just what the prey was — the experts tell me it was a gull of some kind — but it was a BIG bird no matter what it was.
(Click on any image for a larger one in a second window!)
At first he didn’t seem to be doing much, but I think he’d eaten quite a bit before I got there.
Then he started in again.
I kept watching while he seemed to be finishing up and then he (she? could be — large bird!) started to flap his wings.
I knew I didn’t have the camera set up, in that light (or, for that matter, the skill), for real in-flight shots. (I’m a beginner!) But I decided to keep shooting anyway, and ended up with some interesting shots of the way the bird’s wings work.
He perched behind me on a tree with very bad light, but was kind enough to stay in place, staring down at me, long enough for me to grab just one shot. I can’t tell who was more interested — him or me!
All in all, a very very satisfying outing!