Red-tailed Hawk Nest
In the spring of 2010 I stumbled upon a Red-tailed Hawk nest. Nothing too unusual about that except this one was smack dab in the middle of a golf course. I could hear the Red-tail parents scream as each golfer walked by. That scream was an indication to me that there were chicks in the nest. I surveyed the area for an adjacent tree to climb, in hopes of getting a lookout point to photograph the nest using a telephoto lens, and of course there was no such tree to be found. OK, now what? I finally came up with an idea to rig my camera on top of a pole and extend it above the nest. I had pre-programmed the camera to shoot an image every 30 seconds. The wide angle lens was set at focal length 14mm to get a wide view of the nest area. It was all guess work in what direction the camera was facing.
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My not being there to physically click the shutter, and letting the programmed camera take its course made it interesting to see what was actually captured on the camera. About eight percent of the images were decent enough to keep. However, many were just plain boring with the two chicks sleeping. And of course my favorite is when the wind would rotate my camera and provide for me about 300 wonderful shots of the tree trunk.
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