So in this final installment of falconry photos we have the big falcons. Fast, strong and very difficult to photograph. Ray has a Saker falcon that I’ve featured here before, Chula, as well as a pair of Barbary/Gyrfalcon captive bred birds named Sophia and The Phantom.
These bird are hard to photograph on the wing. Chula is a bit easier, since I’ve been watching her for the past 4 or 5 years and kind of have a feel for habits in the arena. The young ones, Sophia and Phantom, however are maddeningly frustrating to capture in a non-blurry way. Phantom in particular, since he likes to live up to his name by vanishing in one direction behind the trees, climbing up and stooping from another direction.
Sophia kindly perched on the fence for a quick photo.
Here she just missed a pass at the lure
Braking and turning midair
Unfortunately for you the only good photo I got of Phantom was of him stuffing his face.