Raptor Day

Just after the autumnal equinox, critters around the mud flat/scrub jungle area I’ve been shooting at started decreasing in numbers. A hay mower flattening the tall grass and wildflowers during a dry spell didn’t help matters. But today I observed four different types of raptors in the area, one of whom is a total UFO for me (second shot below).

Shooting OVF Canon without the teleconverter in the morning, pickings were slim. But bright, if hazy, skies in the afternoon meant that I could add the reach without ISO penalty. Hard to pass judgement again due to air pollution. But for some reason, the 7D II is much more of a pleasure to shoot with now than it was six years ago. Maybe it’s because it concedes almost nothing to the newer mirrorless bodies?

Whatever the case, the options I have when heading out the door now, each with its own pluses and minuses, should keep me busy. I hope the critters do, too!

7D II/EF 100-400mm IS II/EF 1.4X III
7D II/EF 100-400mm IS II/EF 1.4X III