Birds of prey fascinate me. We often see them on road trips soaring high in the sky, riding thermals, or sitting on powerlines. Less often down at our level sitting on fence posts or picking off road kill.
There are often times we wished we werent conspicuous or that our car was silent. Wild bird photography is challenging and frustrating. These creatures are wild and free, with the blink of an eye they can fly off never to be seen again. So I actually consider myself extremely fortunate to have photographed so many wild birds over the last few years.
On one of our road trips a young Brown Falcon had alighted on a fence post. We stopped the car as we do but the Falcon took off – as they tend to do. It alighted on a fence post in the distance – rinse and repeat! Let us try for third time lucky. With a quiet prayer/wish asking the Falcon to stay a while I got out of the car and crept around sticking close to the car. The Falcon remained on the post with its eye on me, raised its wings a bit as if it was about to take off but then started preening.
I walked slowly towards the Falcon but averting my gaze and got to within 15…or maybe even 10 feet of the bird! It remained on the post in beautiful daylight with a backdrop of greenery, blue sky and wattle. I was even able to move a little and change angles without the bird flinching. Hard to tell how many moments I got with the bird but it was a magical experience and I got numerous images before it flew off and disappeared into the wide blue yonder.
~ Cheryl Ridge
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