Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A raptor's successful fishing dive

One of nature's awesome spectacles is the fishing dive of a raptor from high up in the air, often from over a hundred feet up, to the water below where its prey is swimming just underneath the surface.

The whole action happens in just a few seconds, often at a long distance from the observer, making it very tough to see details of the unfolding scene with the naked eye in real time.

Fortunately, a fast focusing DSLR with a high frame rate coupled with a long, sharp optics can freeze the amazing scenes very well, to be viewed and enjoyed later in print or on a computer display.

I was very lucky to witness a Brahminy Kite's successful fishing dive on November 11, 2015, at the vast fishponds of Sto. Tomas, La Union. Shooting distance was between 70 - 90 meters, and the elapsed time from the beginning of the raptor's dive to the point when it grabbed the fish was exactly three seconds. Direction and quality of light was great, and the 7D MII + 400 DO IS II + 1.4x TC III did its job nicely in capturing the action despite the shooter's clumsiness and trembling with excitement. Here's a series of eight frames from the nature show.
 
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Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus, resident, adult)

Habitat - Open areas often near water, and also in mountains to 1500 m.

Shooting Info - Sto. Tomas, La Union, Philippines, November 11, 2015, EOS 7D MII + EF 400 DO IS II + EF 1.4x TC III, 560 mm, f/7.1, 1/2000 sec, ISO 320, manual exposure in available light, hand held, major crop resized to 800 x 533.
 
 
1. Frame No. RO722224 (High res 1500x1000 version)
 


 
2. Frame No. RO722228 (High res 1500x1000 version)




3. Frame No. RO722230 (High res 1500x1000 version)




4. Frame No. RO722231 (High res 1500x1000 version)




5. Frame No. RO722233 (High res 1500x1000 version)




6. Frame No. RO722234 (High res 1500x1000 version)




7. Frame No. RO722235 (High res 1500x1000 version)




8. Frame No. RO722236 (High res 1500x1000 version)

 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Magaling :) riokid

Romy Ocon said...

Thanks for dropping by and the kind word, Dan. Wishing you golden light each time you go out with your camera.

Romy

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