Falconry

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Dbltfarmer
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I posted this in the mirrorless  forum to show the results with the Z9 since everyone is so curious about the camera.   I am reposting here with fewer photos to just show the falcons.

This morning I got a call from some Falconers to take them around to some playas and stock ponds to hunt ducks and other waterfowl. They are in Lubbock for a meet. Problem is we are in the middle of a drought and very few of the lakes in the rural areas have water in them. Keep in mind these are small ponds that don't hold a great deal of water but we are on the migration route in the middle of the country. I knew they were coming but thought it would be later in theday.

These folks come out from all over the state and when they host national meets all over the country. I got started helping them and working with them about 4 or 5 years ago during their national meet.

Anyway, I saw this as an opportunity to try the Z9 out with the Peregrine Falcons while hunting. I used the 500pf as I knew there would be some distance. Probably should have used my 70-200 S as most shots were close. I didn't know how many shots I would get or how challenging it would be. The first pond we went to there were no ducks or waterfowl. The next pond we hit paydirt.

Before I go on, the land in West Texas is very flat and there are very few obstacles you can hide behind so I didn't actually get to see the falcon hit the duck in the air. You can't get too close or you will scare the game. You just have to let the falcon hunt and hope that you get a chance for some good shots. They don't fly very long before they go after their prey.

Also I wanted to try and show my experience shooting the Z9. This was a unique experience and didn't get as many shots as I wanted but I had only 10 to 15 minutes of flight time to watch with two birds.

This Peregrine Falcon was the old pro at 9 YO

Took flight to go hunt.

Area is flat like that all across the South Plains of Texas.

This falcon still wants to get at her kill.  A mallard duck.

Second falcon to fly of the day.

You can see the antenna's after she circled back around over us.

She didn't get a kill but she still got plenty of rewards.

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Nikon Z9 Nikon Z6 II Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art +9 more
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