It's always exciting to find a rare visitor to your area but when you also get the opportunity to observe behavioral interactions the encounter becomes even more special. I was leading a Santa Cruz Bird Club field trip along the north coast of the county when I got a call from one of the birders in the group that he had found an immature Ferruginous Hawk interacting with Red-Tail Hawk. The group headed to the spot and sure enough we found a Red-tail feasting on a kill with the Ferruginous very close by and very interesting in getting a piece of the action.
Within a couple of minutes the two started to struggle over the ground squirrel with all talons showing. After the brief conflict, the Red-tail backed off leaving the squirrel for the Ferruginous. It was clear to me that the Red-tail had its fill. We spent the next 10 or 20 minutes watching the Ferruginous feast on its prize.
630mm eqv, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO500, +1/3EV, 9:51a
You may have noticed that I was using a teleconverter (TC) on this shoot. It has been awhile since I used one but I figured I'd try again with the D7200. I was very happy with the results being able to get very sharp images with an equivalent 630mm focal length. As I get use to my equipment I'm being more selective in what I will use based on the location and the lighting. The most important thing is to keep shooting and be critical of your results by asking how could I do this better.
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