They were not quite as close as they appear.
In the image below, the hawk was very high in a tree and far away to boot. I will give you a tip from the professionals. You would be surprised how often good photos are taken at a wildlife preserve or animal rehabilitation center. The captive birds are very accessible and easy to get closeup photos. I read this tip from a very famous wildlife photographer. He said to just ask the organization for permission to photograph at the rehab center and they may oblige. He also said to wait until the birds are exercised to get flight shots, falcons especially.
It is like me shooting the elk and zebra at the farm. I would never get them like this in the wild, yet at the farm, they are my ready models. Zoos are another place he mentioned to get good photos. I have to agree on this one because where would one find a condor or vulture like this one below, and get such a closeup image that its eyelashes are clearly in view?
I cannot help myself on the geese, though. I know they are ordinary, but I find them so fun to watch. Hawks are hard to photograph because as soon as you point a camera at them they fly off. My biggest problem with them is how far away they perch in tall trees. But the geese are less afraid and even will come close for a bite of corn on occasion.
Maybe instead of tossing corn, it should be juicy, raw hamburger! Just kidding, pretty sure they would not fall for that one.
And how is my weather calendar progressing? Let’s check out February and a few tips for the month, flora and fauna.
My anecdotal look seems to have supporting evidence looking a Climate Change in our area. Here is a wonderful article at Buffalo-Niagara Gardening.com entitled, What does climate change mean for Buffalo-area gardeners? If you are local, see what this means for us here in Western New York. They have supporting data charts in the article.
- 1 February 2012 8 am 49° Sunny
- 2 February 2012 9 am 50° Sun and Clouds
- 3 February 2012 10 am 43° Sun
- 4 February 2012 10 am 42° Cloudy
- 5 February 2012 1 pm 40° Part Sun
- 6 February 2012 4 pm 41° Sunny
- 7 February 2012 2 pm 36° Cloudy and Sun
- 8 February 2012 10 am 32° Sunny
- 9 February 2012 11 am 35° Sunny
- 10 February 2012 8 am 29° Cloudy and Chance of Snow Late Evening