December 5th, 2015 – Avian Friday: Montlake RTH
Here is another shot from the last outing. Again using the smaller mirrorless, Sony A7 camera on the Canon super-telephoto lens.
This Red-tailed Hawk was about 60 yards away from my position so I combined two teleconverters, a 2x and a 1.4X to get a closer look at the bird. The image quality isn’t too bad considering. Usually a teleconverter will degrade the image a bit and two of them even more so. Teleconverters also hamper a lens’ auto-focus capability which wasn’t really an issue in this case as it was strictly manual focus. I didn’t notice until later when processing the image that the hawk has a band on his talon. Maybe one of the local U of W biologists is keeping tabs on this guy. I’ll have to take a look at some of my other images from the same area to see if it might be the same bird.
Red-tail Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
1700mm | 1/6000th Sec. @f/13 | ISO 640 | Tripod
Sony A7+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM vI + EFS 2X Rear & 1.4X Extenders Ver I + Commlite EF adapter
Processed using LR5, Photoshop CC, Nik Define, ColorEfx
Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,