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My first wildlife shots with my new 7D!! Not the best, but my first! I was scrambling to get the 17-55 off and the 70-200 on. Have a few more but these were the best of the worst.

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Buzzards by The Oklahoma Kid, on Flickr

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Buzzards by The Oklahoma Kid, on Flickr

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Buzzards by The Oklahoma Kid, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!!
 

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I think you need to give your self more credit. I think theses are pretty darn good especially # 2 and 3, Catching birds sharply in flight is no easy task.

It probably would not hurt to crop some dead space at the top in # 2 but that's entirely up to you. Good work.
 
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Thanks for comment! I just felt rushed and thought how much better it could have been if that was what I was originally looking for!
 

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Good start! At first it looked like bit of motion blur but then I dug up the exif info and 1/3200 and 1/4000 are plenty fast enough. I'm guessing these are very heavy crops? I'm a little surprised by the grain at ISO 100... I would recommend stopping down a little to get a little more DOF. For a large flying bird I normally try to shoot around 1/1600th but will go as low as 1/1000th depending on light. The last one looks like the wingtip on the backside was the focus point.. It takes a lot of practice for sure...
 
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Yes, pretty big crops. Only way I know to get the bird closer. I haven't really mastered the stopping down yet, I'm not sure what's the difference between 2.8 and 13.0!! Smaller opening, less light, longer shutter speed, I think I got that part. Just not exactly sure how it all interacts. And yes, he was moving really fast! I did think to turn on AI Servo and High Speed shooting I think 8fps? and I could see that it was tracking as I kept the button depressed. I was just not fast enough to get a good focus though.
 

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These are nice shots. I like the second one best of the three, although the head is a little fuzzy (result of cropping?). The head is nicely focused in the third one. One question - this isn't met as a criticism, just me wanting to understand names - I know these birds, from trips to Florida and South Dakota, as Turkey Vultures, so I am curious as to why you refer to them as Buzzards?

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No offense taken. It's just what they are called down here. Grew up calling them that. Looking it up, there are a few definitions. Probably the closest is that it's a derogatory name for the vulture. Buzzard bait, crow bait, something along those lines.
 

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No offense taken. It's just what they are called down here. Grew up calling them that. Looking it up, there are a few definitions. Probably the closest is that it's a derogatory name for the vulture. Buzzard bait, crow bait, something along those lines.

Thanks. I figured that it was something like that.

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