Taken 1-Nov-12
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Keywords:Peregrine Falcon, Zenfolio, award, birds, with prey
Photo Info

Dimensions2410 x 1607
Original file size2.01 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken1-Nov-12 17:46
Date modified1-Apr-18 17:04
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 7D
Focal length300 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/60 at f/4
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 1000
Metering modePattern
Raptor and Prey

Raptor and Prey

Los Altos, California

This was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I was in my office at home when I heard a commotion outside and saw a flash of movement and a blur of feathers. A Cooper's Hawk had struck a robin, bringing it down in a cloud of feathers in our front yard. It proceeded very calmly to dismember and eat its dinner while I watched and photographed. It was late in the day, so my challenge was getting enough light for a decent exposure. Fortunately, I was able to use a low aperture which nicely blurred the background while retaining sufficiently sharp focus on the eye and body. The feathers strewn about helped emphasize the primal nature of the scene.