I got this photo of an elusive American Kestrel near the entrance to Spring Creek Park here in San Angelo, Texas. As I drove up, it was high on a wire off to the right side of my car. I stopped and contemplated how I would get the shot. I couldn’t shoot out the passenger side from where I was sitting in the driver’s seat. I was worried that it would fly off any second. I decided to take a chance. I drove slowly forward a couple hundred feet and made a U-turn and came back. Miraculously, it was still there. I was shaking as I slowly aimed my Canon EOS 7D with 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter out the window, supporting it with my Noodle. I was able to fire off a half dozen exposures before he flew. I failed to get the take-off, but I did get this handsome image.
The meadowlark was beneath a tree along with several of it’s friends, and the lighting was tricky.
Both images are cropped heavily. The kestrel was about 35 feet off the ground and probably a total of about 150 feet away. The meadowlark was perhaps about 60 feet away on the ground. Feel free to click on either image to see an enlargement.