Catch Me If You Can!

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Comments (15)

Norrel on August 22, 2011

Were they attacking you, kamalyn?

Either the crow or the landschape is tilted.

kamalyn on August 22, 2011

I thought they were headed right for me, so I leaned to the side ;)

It's a juvenile peregrine falcon trying to catch himself a tern for dinner. The tern lived to see another day, though.

Itallica II on August 22, 2011

turned just in time

This is a tremendous capture Kamaly

at first, from the thumbnail, i thought it was a tree and I was looking to see if there was a squirrel on the tree trunk (as the photo slowly revealed)

These types of scenes are usually over before I can even think of raising my camera.

best regards,

diannemcd on August 23, 2011

I certainly would have moved (and missed the photo opportunity) well done. Cheers, Dianne

kamalyn on August 23, 2011

Thanks Tery and Dianne! I was watching flock of birds feeding in the pond, when thwy all took off. I've heard that when they do that, look in the air behind them, and there is usually a hawk flying over. Sure was true here! There actually were two of the peregrines, and they circled around for a while. It was quite a show.

someGuyinmasset on August 23, 2011

Great action shot kamalyn, and nice of the peregrines to take terns like that.

bainketa on August 23, 2011

I also thought it was a tree when I saw the thumbnail. You were lucky with the show and fast with the camera, but not as fast as the tern, I guess...

joefran4 on August 24, 2011

That's so brave of you, Kamalyn. I would've run.

tmoj on August 24, 2011

Hi Kamalyn,

must have been quite an experience. Anyway you have fast draw!

Best wishes, Timo

Laurel211 on September 1, 2011

You did a good job of "catching" this one!

kamalyn on September 4, 2011

LOL Guy - even better of them to NOT take a tern while I was watching, even though as newbie hunters it would have been good for the falcon to have easily gotten its own dinner.

Thanks bainketa! So funny others are seeing this as a tree in the thumbnail. It was a GREAT and really unusual opportunity, and the bird circled around for such a long time, it gave me lots of time to try to snap at least one semi-focused shot.

LOL Joel - Thanks! They weren't quite as close as the zoom makes it look. The mosquitoes were MUCH scarier!

Hi Timo - it was really a thrill to have had two falcons fly in and put on this show. All I had to do was to try to keep one in the frame and just hold down the shutter. But that was sure a lot trickier than it seems it should have been.

Thanks Laurel - it was fun! Sure wish there would be a show like this every time I stop at this spot!

((Ospr3y)) on September 10, 2011

Nice capture, Kamalyn!



kamalyn on September 18, 2011

Thanks Liam!

Hattie and gary on November 4, 2011

Wonderful picture, we had to come back and see whats new, and am never disapointed. God Bless

kamalyn on November 7, 2011

Hi Hattie and Gary - Thanks so much!!! It was a grand show, that's for sure!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 21, 2011
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    by kamalyn
    • Taken on 2011/08/20 18:30:39
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash