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)

Seattle, WA
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

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



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