I went east today to check on the Kittiwakes again but they were mostly offshore. Luckily the Mountain Hawk-Eagles put on a good show. The above one is the male.
This is the female, as she nonchalantly nabbed a young Slaty-backed Gull out of the sky………
Could have been a great pic if I’d reacted a bit quicker, by the time I’d processed what was going on and got the camera up the chance had passed.
This is a juvenile bird, I guess a son/daughter of the above pair?
I was using the 1.4 teleconverter. Again , some of the better shots were a little mushy and most of the others were out of focus. It seems to work Ok at Yakumo where the eagles fly more at eye level often in very nice light but the shots of these birds in the sky leave me a bit underwhelmed. Maybe I should take the teleconverter off next time……
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Stunning pics of Mountain Hawk-Eagles in this and earlier posts – especially the one of the female eagle taking a Slaty-backed Gull! We were in Hokkaido a few months ago – saw quite a bit of stuff but were too early for White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagles – pity! Your bif pics are amazing – hope to see more soon.
A great “Dogfight Double” anyway…MHE and Gull.
FWIW I’ve found the 1.4 III converter much better than the “II”
Thank John, actually I do have the MKlll version too.