The One That Almost Got Away
I really had to work for this shot, and it was all due to my own silliness. We had just finished shooting the shore, walking back to the car when this hawk lands on top of the building in front of the car to get a break from a bird that had been harassing it.
I am so excited that it’s this close to us that I hurriedly take my 24-120mm lens off and hand it to one of the guys then quickly but carefully as I can get out the 200-500mm without spooking him off the roof.
Let the fun begin!
Lens is on, pull it up to take a shot, <BLEEP> ! The lens hood is still on! Bird still sitting.
Lens hood off, <BLEEP> ! Focusing is on the wrong mode! Fix that, bird still sitting.
Okay, we are set now. I bring the lens up, focus, snap to get a first shot, <BLEEP> ! Beep, Beep, Beep. Stupid timer still on. Bird still sitting but now he looks antsy, tail lifting for a poop!
Finally, all set, bring it up and he is ready to get out of there. I actually got several shots all in focus, good shutter speed.
Used these two to create this composite. After he was off, I asked if either of the other two guys got all that on video for blackmail material. To my surprise, they were too busy cracking up to capture it for posterity.