Fowl Portraits

Peregrine Falcon w IPI

Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)

1/400s @ f/6.3, ISO 500, FL=280mm w/1.4x, TV-Priority, Handheld

Fowl portraits (not foul portraits).  I love photographing birds whenever I get the opportunity.  Shooting close  to the critters really brings out the beautiful detail, and that’s where telephoto lenses come in.  It’s a shame that I don’t know more about birds in general (it sure would help with the identification process).  I think the images are all correctly identified, with the possible exception of the Falcon/Hawk (pictured above).  My cousin Sherri suggested that it’s a Roadside Hawk, and after Googling it I think that she is absolutely right.  We will label it as such until someone comes up with a better identification.

Photographer’s note:  All images were captured in CameraRAW this morning with my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM zoom lens with Tamron Pro SP 1.4x TC (teleconverter) and Canon Speedlite 430EX II. Unfortunately this was a spur of the moment shoot, and the batteries for my Speedlite weren’t adequately charged, they died fairly early in the shoot—forcing many of the lowlight images to be shot at ISO’s upwards of 3200. RAW conversion and post-edits completed in PSE-11, matting and framing in Big Huge Labs.  

Turkey with IPI

Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata)

1/400s @ f/6.3, ISO 2000, FL=280mm w/1.4x, TV-Priority, Handheld

Chachalacha with IPI

Plain Chachalacha (Ortalis vetula)

1/400s @ f/5.6, ISO 3200, FL=280mm w/1.4x, TV-Priority, Handheld

Peacock IPI

Peacock (Peafowl)

1/200s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, FL=280mm w/1.4x, TV-Priority, Flash, Handheld

Toucan with IPI

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

1/400s @ f/5.6, ISO 3200, FL=280mm w/1.4x, TV-Priority, Handheld

2 responses to “Fowl Portraits

    • Thank you Señor Tim. I just posted another photo of him. He’s wild, but captive. I asked his handler (in my caveman Spanish) if I could photograph him, and he said yes. He had leather traces on his legs so he could be controlled out of doors. Would love to see him hunt.

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