Friday, November 30, 2012

Matt's Glorious Raptors at the Festival of the Cranes

A highlight of our trips to the Festival of the Cranes is a morning outing with Matthew Mitchell and his glorious raptors. Stunning aerial displays, close-up fly-bys and portrait views of his falcons and hawks are offered. Matt is a consummate host--sharing his knowledge, experience and joy.

Aplomado Falcon

Harris's Hawk
Gyr-Peregrine Falcon
Aplomado Falcon
Harris's hawk on my left-hand!

Thank you Matt--See you next time...


Camera Info: Photos taken with Canon 7D with EF 100 - 400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS; Olympus O-EM5
                   with Lumix G Vario 12-35/f2.8.

The photo of the Harris's hawk on my left-hand was taken with the Olympus in my right-hand. At first, the Harris's wasn't quite sure what to make of the camera (probably the protruding lens), but quickly ignored it. This last photo was taken by Judy Todd with her trusty Canon S95.