Gotcha!! The Florida Camera Club Council (FCCC) put on a weekend of workshops and lectures by some fabulous photographers and I elected to try my hand with bird photography in a workshop at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary led by Roman Kurywczak (@roaminwithromanphoto).
As our group gathered just outside the Visitor’s Center
To discuss appropriate settings, a Red Shouldered Hawk flew over by head landing in a palm tree within 15’ if me!! Talk about having an opportunity fall into my lap... wow! And, to be lucky enough to be well illuminated, was icing on the proverbial cake.
I think I was so excited by the opportunity, and not wanting to miss the chance, that I probably should have used a smaller aperture and higher ISO, to get everything about the hawk in clear focus. But, that is part of the learning curve.
As it turned out, it was the only great opportunity for me that day with all the birds I saw. Yet, I came away satisfied with my progress in the world of photographing birds.
Canon EOS 1Dx, Sigma 150-600mm f6.3 C lens, handheld, available light with no flash.
ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/800 sec. for all shots. First image is a crop with the other two at full frame.