This dreary wet morning I spotted a Coopers Hawk sitting in my dead tulip tree in my back yard. Now is my chance to get a shot of him if he stays long enough for me to get my camera and slip on the telephoto lens. I stepped out in to my driveway and shoot a couple shots of this bird but wanted a frontal shot of him for identifying him better. Well stupid me didn’t get the camera all set up to get some fast shots in case it bolted when it saw me. Just as I walked down my alley to get in front of him I started to turn as it was a perfect shot for what I wanted. Yep the moment I started to raise the camera up he took flight. I didn’t even have a chance to get one more shot of him. Oh how I wished he had stayed for a few moments where he was. Well this is all I did manage to get and I had to crop it so much it is pixelated to much. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 400mm 5.6 L lens. Exposure was ISO 1600, shutter 1/1000 at f/5.6.
I even had a tele-converter I could have used to bring it up closer but I didn’t want to take the chance of not getting the shot. Plus with the converter it would all be manual focus and it is not easy when there is little light out yet and so hazy. So…… I get what I get.