Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Show your photos > Foto Fair

Foto Fair Post your photos for friendly, non-critical feedback. This is the place to show pictures if you aren't yet ready for full-blooded critique, or simply want to share an interesting picture with other e-group visitors.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 16th March 2012
Falk's Avatar
Falk Falk is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lower Saxony, GER
Posts: 1,107
Thanks: 236
Thanked 158 Times in 145 Posts
Likes: 90
Liked 30 Times in 19 Posts
? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

This is certainly one of the most difficult birds of prey to approach AND photograp in the wild - at least for me. I dont want to sit in a hide all day long and unless I located their nesting site for this year it would be useless anyways. And I need a wide field of view to see them in the first place. So, Camo on and very careful search the woods ...
I'll start with the best shot of trying day #2 (= today), so that you all can have a guess first:

Bigma@500mm, havy cropp
__________________
I am not afraid of Tits
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 16th March 2012
Who's_E's Avatar
Who's_E Who's_E is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: London
Posts: 612
Thanks: 1
Thanked 24 Times in 23 Posts
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Re: ? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

Well, that's a great example of camouflage (and chromatic aberration).

Given that I haven't seen a sparrowhawk in the wild, I would guess one of those but it looks a little large?

Nick
__________________
Bodies: E3, E-P1
Lenses: 8mm, 14-42mm, 12-60mm, 50-200mm
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 16th March 2012
Tordan58's Avatar
Tordan58 Tordan58 is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Posts: 3,255
Thanks: 299
Thanked 404 Times in 334 Posts
Likes: 400
Liked 1,397 Times in 360 Posts
Re: ? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

Hi,

It looks like a Goshawk.
/Tord
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 16th March 2012
David Morison's Avatar
David Morison David Morison is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fulbeck, Lincolnshire
Posts: 3,507
Thanks: 71
Thanked 588 Times in 472 Posts
Likes: 48
Liked 298 Times in 175 Posts
Re: ? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

The yellow iris would lead me to think Sparrowhawk but that is more a bird of open hedgerows so the other would be Goshawk - more of a woodland bird.

David
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 16th March 2012
pandora's Avatar
pandora pandora is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 16,508
Thanks: 884
Thanked 1,528 Times in 1,479 Posts
Likes: 1,981
Liked 4,319 Times in 1,952 Posts
Re: ? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

I'm hopeless at ID'ing our own, let alone yours, Falk.

Through a tangled web of branches at least you captured its eye.

Pity that birds choose mostly to perch in such photographically difficult places.
__________________
My Flickr

* mark * Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia **
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II * OM-D M5 MkII * XZ2 * XZ1 * E3
On post-processing: The camera kneads the dough, PP bakes the bread - Greenhill
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 16th March 2012
Falk's Avatar
Falk Falk is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lower Saxony, GER
Posts: 1,107
Thanks: 236
Thanked 158 Times in 145 Posts
Likes: 90
Liked 30 Times in 19 Posts
Re: ? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

Well done Tord and David, and Nick was not far off either - it is indeed a Goshawk. Mark, you are excused

I went into the woods yesterday with Goshawks, Ravens and some other stuff in mind. After abount 1 1/2h I had an adult Goshowk flying over my head (assumed male), using some mid days thermic currents to get some altitude, when I heard a second bird giving some half hearted calls, only about 50m from my position. I could not spot her in the Pine trees though. On hour or so later, after I had walked on some and then circled that patch of Pines I sat down for 15min. - there she was again - calling behind me. Unfortunately I had already my face mask lifted and was in a sun lit spot, had to turn around, switch on the camera, extend the Bigma etc. etc. - and had to spot her - of course. The later part was easy, as she was in almost plain sight, 100m away though. I managed to get of four shots, before she went on for some thicker cover:

It is a semiadult (assumed) female Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). The one in the starter post is from today and certainly the same bird. I saw her chasing Doves through the (mainly) Beech forest and then perch in that Oak a good 100m away. Darn sticks and twigs along that way, but pretty neat to get an eye in focus, right!? BTW: the yellow iris will with some age turn to orange and - in very old Goshawks - a dark garnet red.

As for the CA's, yes, I had to notice, that the Bigma does produce some nice color fringes indeed. At least when shoot against the sun and if not stopped down (these are F7.1).

I hope I can add to this thread in the near future. But it is next to impossible to outwit the mighty Goshawks. They are not very vocal and to spot them before they do is really hard.
__________________
I am not afraid of Tits
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 16th March 2012
Falk's Avatar
Falk Falk is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lower Saxony, GER
Posts: 1,107
Thanks: 236
Thanked 158 Times in 145 Posts
Likes: 90
Liked 30 Times in 19 Posts
Re: ? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

Here is the full frame, so you can get an idea of the actual distance and looks:
__________________
I am not afraid of Tits
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 17th April 2012
Falk's Avatar
Falk Falk is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lower Saxony, GER
Posts: 1,107
Thanks: 236
Thanked 158 Times in 145 Posts
Likes: 90
Liked 30 Times in 19 Posts
Re: ? most difficult to approach Raptor ?

Update

I was at the above location again, when I photographed the Red Kites (see my other thread) and returned today. The weather was about okay, -3°C in the morning but sun out and shining.
I am affraid that this was my last chance to get a glimps of the nest. I will be gone for one or maybe two weeks, starting tomorrow. On my return there will be all lush and green and I doubt I'll get a free line of sight or any light from above, for taking more pictures. We'll have to wait and see ...
Anyways, here is one long shot - to get an angle at her at all - from the young female Goshawk on her eggs:

About here ======^^^ you can see her tail feathers, sticking out to the left.

I will not have internet during my time off, so please don't get uppset when I don't answer to comments right away.

Cheers,
Falk
__________________
I am not afraid of Tits
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How difficult can it be (BT rant) snaarman The lounge 28 5th December 2011 11:51 AM
Book Approach Danny The lounge 5 22nd March 2011 10:04 PM
Alternative approach snaarman Foto Fair 4 29th April 2009 07:23 AM
Tackling difficult images PeterD Looking for improvement 20 17th November 2008 06:26 PM
Comments please, a difficult exposure to get right theMusicMan Foto Fair 3 12th November 2008 09:49 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:06 AM.


© The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2019, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger