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Roadside Hawk

Image # 1D2_03952

en route to the Pacific Coast


Canon 600L/f4 IS

ISO 400, f/5, 1/1600 second

Manual Metering

"Leg Support"


Appropriately enough, this Roadside Hawk was spotted as we drove along the road. There was a fairly good chance it would take off if we got off the bus, so we opened the windows and shot without leaving the bus. I grabbed my camera, mounted to the big 600L lens, and tried to steady it with my legs as I pointed it out the window. If you look carefully, you can see that the sunlight was coming from the bird's right, so he was mostly back or side lit; fill-flash would have been useful, but just not possible shooting from inside the bus!