Tess… Chiggers… and Raptors…

Last year Tess joined me to shoot the raptors. Little did we know that we would be eaten alive by chiggers. E-mails flew back and forth about these strange bites that were popping up all over our bodies two days after the shoot, and I do believe we even took a few photos of them to compare. Yep… chiggers for sure! So when this year’s raptor shoot was announced, I asked her if she was interested in going and in spite of our chigger experience she immediately said yes but we did spray ourselves with “Off” in hopes that it would prevent further problems.

Tess has a 100-400mm lens and after letting me try hers, I was lusting for the lens as it has good zoom range. The only drawback is the weight. I had a weak moment after using hers and got the same lens and I must say, I think our bird photography has improved as a result. We’ve had some practice shooting the birds at White Rock Lake which is always fun but we could never get as close to birds in the wild as we do at the Blackland Raptor Center, and I think that is why she immediately said she wanted to return. It is a great opportunity for close-up bird shots regardless of the lens you are shooting with.

So let me share with you some of Tess’s favorite shots from Photo Day…

Red Tailed Hawk (Photo by Tess)

Red Tailed Hawk
(Photo by Tess)


Red Tailed Hawk (Photo by Tess)

Red Tailed Hawk
(Photo by Tess)


American Kestrel (Photo by Tess)

American Kestrel
(Photo by Tess)


Great Horned Owl (Photo by Tess)

Great Horned Owl
(Photo by Tess)


Great Horned Owl (Photo by Tess)

Great Horned Owl
(Photo by Tess)


American Kestrel (Photo by Tess)

American Kestrel
(Photo by Tess)

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