Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Birds of Prey


Barn Owl
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

On Sunday, I went to photograph Birds of Prey. The day was organised by "Photographers on Safari." We had the opportunity to photograph four birds during the day. They were a Golden Eagle, a Barn Owl, a Harris Hawk and an American Red Tailed Hawk. The birds were brought to a farm near Whissendine in Rutland by the Falconer. For each bird, we first took portrait shots and then took photographs of the birds in flight.

Harris Hawk


There were five photographers on the day - all of them much more experienced and better equipped than me. Our guide and instructor - John - was brilliant at helping us to get better shots. He also taught me how to use the histogram on my camera. It was worth going just for that!

Golden Eagle


I am pleased with some of the portrait shots that I got. My photographs of the birds in flight are not so good though. I need more practice at panning.

I came home with 974 photographs - by far the most that I have ever taken in one day. I was glad that I had bought an 8GB memory card a week or so before the day. I probably took over 1,000 photographs because I deleted quite a few in the field.

I enjoyed the day; learnt a lot and took photographs that I would not have been able to take in any other way. I intend to go to more "Photographers on Safari" events.

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