With the Nikon 500 mm at arms length from the car.
On the first pictures, the bird is hunting. Most of the time it positions itself back to the sun to see its prey better. At the same time, it surveys its territory for intruders such as other birds of prey and drives them out vigorously, especially when the pair is formed and ready to breed.
On the following pics the bird holds a field mouse:
Then, the icing on the cake: very high and far, a parade:
Later in the day, I find this individual – below – eating something obviously larger than a mouse but it was impossible to determine what.
More important, it has red eyes and since they can’t be immature, I guess we might have both species in my area of southern France: the one from the Iberian peninsula and the one from Asia, but I am researching the matter deeper before making up my mind!
They don’t all have red eyes, I wonder why.
As I wrote to Ken Billington:
Normally they have red eyes, but most of the of the ones I ‘shot’ have yellow eyes… I am mentioning this just in case someone has an answer!
I think there are 2 species or subspecies, one from North Africa established in the Iberian peninsula and and now in southern France and one from the east, Asia probably. But I don’t find more info about these birds and their eye color.
Passionate about Nature and photography but mostly animals and birds.
I live in France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years and in the U.S. for 3 years and with Australia in mind for the future.
With my husband, I created and managed a Bird Park in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time.
My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts!
Equipment: NIKON lenses: 300 mm F/4, 80/400 mm, 500 mm, 200/500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E,