One day in the sunshine

Its been said, that I’ve lost my bird karma, and over the past few weeks, probably my weather karma as well.
Can’t recall a good day in the sunshine, so we’ve been, as we say on Flickr, practicing.

I’ve been keeping an eye on a pair of Black-shouldered Kites at The Office. (Werribee River Park).

And today, with some sunshine, I needed a place to practice,  I’d been reading John Shaw and he seemed to have some pretty fine results using the Nikon 3D tracking, so thought I’d give it a go. Never been one of my favourite settings, I do have to concede.

Knowing I only had a few minutes, I grabbed the D7100 with the 300mm PF.  A pretty nice combo now I’ve made some focus adjustments care of Reikan’s FoCal software.

After a little messing with some distant falcons and Black Kites, I was about to return home when sailing over the trees came a Black-shouldered Kite with a mouse, and pretty much immediately pursued by a female crying out for her food.

That was enough for me to drop into the open paddock, (among all the stinging nettles as it turned out!!! – that wasn’t in John’s book!), and see  him come in with several mice over the next half hour or so.

Here’s a selection.

Alley Oop, Black-shouldered Kite style.
Alley Oop, Black-shouldered Kite style.
He followed her back to the feeding perch.
He followed her back to the feeding perch.
Well fed, its time to get on with the important house renovations
Well fed, its time to get on with the important house renovations
Where is the nest again?
Where is the nest again?
Ahhh so that is where you are working
Ahhh so that is where you are working
Mouse eye view of the male leaving for a hunt
Mouse eye view of the male leaving for a hunt
What's that I see, oh, just another mouse dinner
What’s that I see, oh, just another mouse dinner
“Hold still will you, we are going to be on WordPress, and I don’t want to mess it up.
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2 thoughts on “One day in the sunshine

    1. HI Eleanor, thanks for looking. It was pretty amazing, and I’ve got about 4 more sequences, just like this. And the weather was super.
      But.
      It was in the middle of a stinging nettle jungle, and I’m still scratching…. 🙂

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