The other day, I heard a hawk out back. I put the bird kit together (D7000, 70-200 f/2.8, TC1.7e-II teleconverter) and tried to find him. On the way, a hummingbird showed up and posed for me, and I forgot all about the hawk. Today, I stalked the Indian Tobacco plant to get more hummingbird photos. He never showed, but the hawk did. Obviously, they’re toying with me, but I don’t mind. I get an awful lot of joy out of this.
Naturally, I’d like to shoot this at a lower ISO for less noise and broader dynamic range, but I take the light as it comes, and there wasn’t much in this shady area of the yard.
The hummingbird spent a lot of time in the Indian Tobacco plant, giving me lots of opportunities to experiment.
…And experiment I did!
There were others, too. Acorn woodpeckers are like ants around here. Some people thought this was a shot of a hawk about to grab the woodpecker, but no, it’s just another woodpecker.
This fellow didn’t get as close as I would like, but it was a real pleasure to watch him, even at a distance. I don’t think he enjoyed watching me as much as I enjoyed watching him.
I might try cropping this differently, but I like the fact that you have to find him, and when you do, his pensive attitude generates some emotion.
Another emotion. That’s all, folks. At least until tomorrow!