Hawks Fight Over Snake – Fitting End for The Snake

I was shooting at a baseball game in Maryland on the first base line.  I heard a “Screeeech — Screeeech” and quickly turned around. About 100 yards away from me, the ball fields ended and transitioned to a wooded area. I saw movement and took four quick shots. The distance truly was 100 yards but I saw the two hawks and one was carrying something that I intuitively knew was a snake. I took four quick shots and was lucky to hit the focus and exposure!! These were taken at ISO1000, 340mm, f/7.1 and 1/1000. The first one is a cropped shot, the second is the actual size. The third shot shows the hawks fighting shortly before the closeup was taken. There was another, but I couldn’t tell which hawk had the snake. Huzzah for the hawks (pigeon hawks, we think”).

Two Hawks Pulling Snake For Dinner

Two Hawks Pulling Snake For Dinner

Out of the camera Hawks Pulling Snake

Out of the camera Hawks Pulling Snake

Snake d

Snake d' jour

admin - October 18, 2011 - 5:45 pm

Nikki, thanks for the compliment! I took a Kelby class led by Jay Maisel. I use the same camera and walkabout lens he does (D3s and 28-300) and when he does street photography in Manhattan, he always shoots at 1600 because of the lower light situations that always seem to come up in the City. So, I’ve been trying it. Not sure how I like it but the increased shutter speeds do add one dimension that I’ve really gotten used to over the weeks I’ve tried this. I am lowering the ISO a little. Again, thanks for looking and commenting! Lee

Nikki - October 13, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Actually a question, do you always shoot at such a high ISO? Or just when your outdoors? Also, Eleanor Holcombe turned me on to your site – love it!!

Chelle - September 26, 2011 - 8:51 am

Wow! What luck and what great shooting. I feel awful for the snake though.

admin - September 24, 2011 - 1:22 pm

Sincere Thanks! I love comments!

Debby - September 22, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Hey Lee- AWESOME photos. Good work. You are amazing. from the long lost sister-in-law.

Lanny DeCamp - September 21, 2011 - 9:09 am

Great Pictures.

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