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A buzzard and a crow over City of Hamburg / Eppendorf 

  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Sigma EF 150-600 at 600
  • 1/1600s Handheld
  • Sky smoothed with denoise and bilateral blur
  • Birds treated with mild tone map (20% / 20%) and clarity

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3 hours ago, NotMyFault said:
  • Birds treated with mild tone map (20% / 20%) and clarity

There’s some very noticeable chromatic aberration in that last picture of this lovely set.

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7 hours ago, Alfred said:

There’s some very noticeable chromatic aberration in that last picture of this lovely set.

Yeah the last image focus unfortunately is a bit off. CA correction was used for all, but couldn‘t fix the last. Any ideas how to get this fixed?

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4 hours ago, NotMyFault said:

Any ideas how to get this fixed?

None at all, I’m sorry to say. Perhaps someone else here will have some helpful suggestions.

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22 minutes ago, John Rostron said:

but the top bird looks like a crow harassing the buzzard.

I agree. At least it's a different kind of bird based on the beak shape.

Good photos.

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2 hours ago, John Rostron said:

Nice pictures, but the top bird looks like a crow harassing the buzzard.

John

Sounds probable. Edited my post to reflect the findings. Buzzards wingspan about 130cm, crow up to 100cm. 
I see crows mostly down on earth, looking smaller, and buzzards always in the sky, looking larger.

 

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Yesterday I saw two crows chasing a falcon. The latter did not flee, but was just trying to out manoeuvre the crows in a restricted area in which the aerial pursuit took place. It was fascinating to watch. I guess such events take place anywhere in the skies above this planet.

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On 5/4/2022 at 2:23 PM, VectorWhiz said:

... chasing a falcon. The latter did not flee, but was just trying to out manoeuvre the crows in a restricted area in which the aerial pursuit took place.

Falcons are typically masters of aerial combat and flight. In addition, hardly any other bird is as fast. Therefore, I assume that it was not a large peregrine falcon. Otherwise it might not end well for individual crows here!

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Ahh in Eppendorf gibt es also auch Luftkämpfe zwischen Krähen und Elstern mit Bussarden, hier am ländlichen Stadtrand von HH wo ich wohne, sehe ich soetwas häufig am Himmel über den Wiesen. - Fototechnisch ist das ein recht guter Test für die Geschwindigkeit und Genauigkeit des Autofokus einer jeweiligen Cam, da sich die Flugbahnänderungen bei diesen Luftkämpfen mitunter ziemlich schnell abspielen!

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39 minutes ago, v_kyr said:

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Ahh in Eppendorf gibt es also auch Luftkämpfe zwischen Krähen und Elstern mit Bussarden, hier am ländlichen Stadtrand von HH wo ich wohne, sehe ich soetwas häufig am Himmel über den Wiesen. - Fototechnisch ist das ein recht guter Test für die Geschwindigkeit und Genauigkeit des Autofokus einer jeweiligen Cam, da sich die Flugbahnänderungen bei diesen Luftkämpfen mitunter ziemlich schnell abspielen!

Absolut korrekt, der AF ist leider der größte Schwachpunkt meiner Canon 80D. Das letzte Bild der Reihe finde ich am schönsten, ist leider  out of focus - lag aber an mir, weil ich den AF ON button losgelassen hatte.

Der Bussard hat hier sein festes Revier, die Zusammenkunft mit der Krähe hab ich vorher nie gesehen.

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25 minutes ago, NotMyFault said:

Absolut korrekt, der AF ist leider der größte Schwachpunkt meiner Canon 80D. Das letzte Bild der Reihe finde ich am schönsten, ist leider  out of focus - lag aber an mir, weil ich den AF ON button losgelassen hatte.

Ja da kenne ich auch etwas von, bei einer Nikon D7200 war das recht ähnlich geartet. Im Vergleich dazu verhält sich der Autofokus der Canon & Nikon Pro Cam-Modelle hier dann wiederum ganz anders in Punkto Geschwindigkeit und deren Genauigkeit beim AF-Tracking von sich schnell änderen Motiv-Objekten und bietet halt noch ganz andere Möglichkeiten. Wobei das jeweilig verwendete Objektiv hier (...dessen Lichtstärke und Einstellgeschindigkeit etc.) natürlich auch eine gewisse Rolle spielt.

35 minutes ago, NotMyFault said:

Der Bussard hat hier sein festes Revier, die Zusammenkunft mit der Krähe hab ich vorher nie gesehen.

Wahrscheinlich nistet die Krähe da auch irgendwo und fühlte ihren Nachwuchs bedroht oder so. Ich sehe hier bei mir in der Gegend meistens das die Raubvögel (wie Bussard, Habicht etc.) dann oft immer Pärchenweise von Krähen und Elstern attackiert werden. Sprich die vertreiben diese grösseren Raubvögel dann immer mit allen Mitteln aus ihren Nistrevieren.

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On 5/4/2022 at 2:23 PM, VectorWhiz said:

Yesterday I saw two crows chasing a falcon. The latter did not flee, but was just trying to out manoeuvre the crows in a restricted area in which the aerial pursuit took place. It was fascinating to watch. I guess such events take place anywhere in the skies above this planet.

Yes, that's right, because I've seen it all over the world. Over rainforests, over desert plains or over cities. You name it.

These are crows asking a bird of prey to leave the area, and they often do so by harassing them, breaking their concentration and interfering with their hunt. It rarely gets dramatic, but the bird of prey simply can't really hunt in peace. It's very simple.

I've seen birds of all shapes and sizes work together to be wary of the large birds of prey, and warn each other well in advance. But it's the big crows that have to fly up and and disturb the intruding bird.

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9 hours ago, Winsome said:

Yes, that's right, because I've seen it all over the world. Over rainforests, over desert plains or over cities. You name it.

These are crows asking a bird of prey to leave the area, and they often do so by harassing them, breaking their concentration and interfering with their hunt. It rarely gets dramatic, but the bird of prey simply can't really hunt in peace. It's very simple.

I've seen birds of all shapes and sizes work together to be wary of the large birds of prey, and warn each other well in advance. But it's the big crows that have to fly up and and disturb the intruding bird.

Thanks for sharing this explanation. It fully matches what i observed that day. Unfortunately i did not see the Bussard again, despite he was in this area for multiple years. Seems the crows succeeded with their strategy.

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