05 Sep 2011

Falconry Show Redux

So my brother called me and surprised me with the suggestion we go the Bristol Renaissance Faire on the last day of the year.    Not having any Labor Day plans of note I figured I’d brave the crowds and go for it.  Armed with my trusty camera and a few weeks worth of internet research on taking photos of birds I figured I’d give the falconry show another try.  This time I walked away pretty damn happy with the results.

First I managed to get a shot of Jackson, a 4 month old captive-bred Harris Hawk as he took off from the pole I was standing under.

I also finally caught the moment of the lure strike, something that has eluded me every since I started taking photos.  This is Chula, she is a 10 year old Saker Falcon.

Best of all, I was finally able to track, pan and focus on Chula in flight.  Here she is turning to come back for another stoop on the lure.


  • Vann
    September 6, 2011 Reply

    These are very cool and not easy. Hope I get the opportunity some time.

  • idiotphotographer
    September 6, 2011 Reply

    I appreciate the comment, it has been driving me nutty for years not being able to shoot the birds mid-flight. That falcon is scary fast! I’d love to have a chance of shooting wild birds, but living in a city makes it a lot harder.

    Surely you have a Renaissance Fair in your area?

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