Danger from the sky? Fort Desoto Raptors

Many raptors can be seen at Fort Desoto Park, the Yellow Stone of Florida. Let’s have a look at a couple of them…

Osprey - Fort Desoto

Osprey squawking on a branch – Fort Desoto, Florida.
ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/1600 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review), the Canon EOS 5D mark III on a Gimbal head and tripod. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

I often find that the easiest way to spot birds of prey is to be attentive to their squawking. Ospreys and Red-shouldered Hawks have very distinctive calls for instance. Then follow them for a while and see where their preferred resting area seems to be located. Hopefully, it is low enough and without vegetation obstruction. 🙂

American Kestrel - Fort Desoto

American Kestrel in flight – Fort Desoto, Florida.
ISO 800 | f/8 | 1/6400 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review) coupled with the 1.4x extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III handheld while standing. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

Now the American Kestrel is a much tougher one to get close to. Plus, it seems to fly away pretty quick… Perseverence and patience are the only ways I know of!

Botswana and the Victoria Falls instructional photography workshop / $9,800 / limit 6 people / Sep 2014:

Come along with me to the BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR next September 2014! This is truly a wildlife photography tour of a lifetime. THE FIRST THREE REGISTRANTS WILL BENEFIT FROM A $500 DISCOUNT! There is an additional discount for accompanying spouses.
African safari - Botswana

Spoonbills and shorebirds instructional photography workshop / $980 / limit 5 people / Mar 2014:

Don’t miss this great Roseate Spoonbill & shorebirds photography opportunity! This 3 day workshop will include three boat rides, with two to the Alafia Banks rookery and one to Dit Dot Dash. Alafia Banks is the very best spot in the state of Florida to photograph Roseate Spoonbills in flight. The rest of the time will be spent at the Fort Desoto Park.
Photography workshop at Alafia Banks

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Steven

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