Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Hawking Falcons.

Brown Falcon eating an insect
Photo with a Nikon D300 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR
(Murphys Creek, Queensland, August 28 2011)

Had a great day with birding friend, Michael Atzeni at Murphys Creek, on Sunday. It was my first time there after the devastating flash floods that hit last January. I was shocked to see just a little of the damage. It is a beautiful natural area, however, and is starting to show some regrowth and I hope to show some of the sights I had there in upcoming posts on this blog.

The last thing we came across on the way home was a pair of Brown Falcons performing some curious aerial behaviour. They seemed to be eating something in flight and going to and fro around us. Unfortunately, I missed the best chances when they were nearest when I was using my Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR.  I usually love this lens for flight shots but it just didn't have the reach and furthermore was failing to focus accuratley. Thankfully I had time to change to the Nikkor 80-400mm VR. I had also had a focussing failure with this lens earlier in the day and decided to use my back-up. Hope my camera isn't on the way out. If you look closely, you can see some insects in some of the shots. A nice little encounter for the last birding event on my last day of my holidays.


Tammy said...

Looks like they gave you quite a show.

Chris Steeles said...

Some great action shots there! Be interesting to know what they were catching and eating? Looks like they were right into it though!

Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok said...

Wow what a series of photos!
I've never been able to observe any raptor eating its prey as close as that before.

Smylie Kylie said...

Stunning! Was looking forward to seeing your pics after hearing about your adventures with Mick! Definitely can't wait to see my first Brown Falcon, now you've shown how beautiful they are!

Phil said...

Fabulous set of pictures Russell. The bird certainly put on a good show for you there. Our Hobby does that sort of thing but I couldn't possibly hope to get shots like yours.

Rob Ashdown said...

Hey Russell, these are interesting and unusual shots of these birds. When travelling out west I found people to be a bit blase about brown falcons, but I've always loved watching them. They seem to hang about spotted harriers a lot of the Darling Downs. Cheers! Rob