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HenryL

5D Mk IV
Apr 1, 2020
27
86
I have an M5 and lots of kit to go with it, and I passed on the M6 II for the 90D. So, I am curious about what I missed.
So I did find a sequence from this weekend that led up to that image posted above. using a single point 5 out of 13 images were in focus. It was using either spot or single point focus, not the tracking mode. From my vantage point there were too many trees between me and the bird that would confuse the camera along the way in the tracking mode, so I tended to stick with the single point options. This is an earlier grab from that same run. Focus was on the wingtip, but that's on me. Still a usable pic though. Maybe.
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HenryL

5D Mk IV
Apr 1, 2020
27
86
UFC wasn't the only fighting event this past weekend.

So I've been watching a group of nests this spring, one in particular at the state park. I got there early Saturday and oddly this one was empty...all the others were pretty much normal. Scanned the surrounding trees that I know this pair likes to perch in when away from home - nothing. Moved on to the next nest approx 100 yards or so down the road.

I had been shooting with the M6II, my last real chance to test it out as the return period is almost up. Having used it exclusively for the last 3 weeks, I decided to walk back to the car and swap it for the 7DII because, well, I just missed it. About 25 minutes later I was back at the nests, and saw one of the pair was back home. Looked odd, though. Normally they are pretty chill, but this morning the bird was antsy, not still at all and constantly looking skyward. At first I couldn't see what was going on overhead because trees blocked most of the view.

Suddenly the pair in a neighboring nest started calling, then the single bird I was watching did too and stood ready to launch, and I heard a rush of feathers directly overhead and extremely low. It was these two. The lead bird flew off, the one giving chase went to the nest. Wasn't long before the intruder was back and both of these took off after it. One pulled back to a nearby tree, but the other one continued chasing. They went on like this for 30-40 minutes - chase then soar in circles for a bit. I managed to pull one sequence where they were in the open - actually they were screaming through the marsh and I just got damn lucky and got a decent exposure in the harsh late morning sun. Also very fortuitous that I had gone back for the 7DII...no way the M6II would have tracked this.

I'm used to seeing the osprey briefly buzzing eagles as they sit in trees, and eagles stealing fish from the osprey, but never have I witnessed an ongoing battle between two osprey (or any other birds for that matter). Sometimes, despite all our careful study and planning, it comes down to luck. And also a reminder that sometimes the moment we capture is what makes the image, not the technical success or failure of it's components.

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Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
4,421
334
53
Isle of Wight
Hi Henry.
Wow, what a fabulous series of shots, I think it is a lot of wildlife photographers ambition to capture something like this, or even just see it. I would probably be the one that didn’t manage to get a shot and didn’t see it for trying to get it in frame!:rolleyes:

Cheers, Graham.

UFC wasn't the only fighting event this past weekend.

So I've been watching a group of nests this spring, one in particular at the state park. I got there early Saturday and oddly this one was empty...all the others were pretty much normal. Scanned the surrounding trees that I know this pair likes to perch in when away from home - nothing. Moved on to the next nest approx 100 yards or so down the road.

I had been shooting with the M6II, my last real chance to test it out as the return period is almost up. Having used it exclusively for the last 3 weeks, I decided to walk back to the car and swap it for the 7DII because, well, I just missed it. About 25 minutes later I was back at the nests, and saw one of the pair was back home. Looked odd, though. Normally they are pretty chill, but this morning the bird was antsy, not still at all and constantly looking skyward. At first I couldn't see what was going on overhead because trees blocked most of the view.

Suddenly the pair in a neighboring nest started calling, then the single bird I was watching did too and stood ready to launch, and I heard a rush of feathers directly overhead and extremely low. It was these two. The lead bird flew off, the one giving chase went to the nest. Wasn't long before the intruder was back and both of these took off after it. One pulled back to a nearby tree, but the other one continued chasing. They went on like this for 30-40 minutes - chase then soar in circles for a bit. I managed to pull one sequence where they were in the open - actually they were screaming through the marsh and I just got damn lucky and got a decent exposure in the harsh late morning sun. Also very fortuitous that I had gone back for the 7DII...no way the M6II would have tracked this.

I'm used to seeing the osprey briefly buzzing eagles as they sit in trees, and eagles stealing fish from the osprey, but never have I witnessed an ongoing battle between two osprey (or any other birds for that matter). Sometimes, despite all our careful study and planning, it comes down to luck. And also a reminder that sometimes the moment we capture is what makes the image, not the technical success or failure of it's components.
 

Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
4,421
334
53
Isle of Wight
Hi Alan.
Fantastic shots, looks like you have that combo dialled in pretty well.

Cheers, Graham.
Not meaning to suggest it is gear that really matters, but having it all sorted out helps to support the skill.

I have reworked some images I took with the 5DIV and 400mm DO II +2xTC of shorteared owls, on the rare occasion I got to see them here.
 

AlanF

Stay alert, control the camera, save photos
Aug 16, 2012
6,492
5,120
Hi Alan.
Fantastic shots, looks like you have that combo dialled in pretty well.

Cheers, Graham.
Not meaning to suggest it is gear that really matters, but having it all sorted out helps to support the skill.
You aren’t suggesting it’s not all due to immense skill, high intelligence, good looks combined with extreme modesty? Having the right gear does widen the range of opportunities and make more shots possible.
 

Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
4,421
334
53
Isle of Wight
Alan.
The skill level shows in the photos, the intelligence is evident in your answers, it is clear from the previous answer that you are modest, but I don’t recall seeing a photo of you :unsure: so I can’t comment either way on the good looks! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

Cheers, Graham.

You aren’t suggesting it’s not all due to immense skill, high intelligence, good looks combined with extreme modesty? Having the right gear does widen the range of opportunities and make more shots possible.
 
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bjd

EOS 7D MK II
Aug 29, 2011
537
35
Hi, I replaced my 7DII with a 90D and am quite happy with it. Certainly a big step forwards compared to the 7D2.
So I was going to try to post a few shots here again, while waiting for my R5. Any non-constructive criticism will
be treated with the contempt it deserves........which may be none at all!

A good friend of mine early this morning:

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bjd

EOS 7D MK II
Aug 29, 2011
537
35