Under the watchful gaze of a Brown Falcon

A regular member of the raptors often sighted at the Treatment Plant lagoons is the  Brown Falcon, a striking bird that often perches on posts and signs waiting for opportunities to pounce on small mammals, rabbits, birds, snakes and lizards. Towards the end of our day at the Lagoons last week, we found our  Falcon perched and watching out for its next meal. While wary of us it remained quite calm and unlike many other raptors allowed us to approach close enough to gain a few photographs.

Brown Falcon, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria

Brown Falcon, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria

Brown Falcon, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria

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Brown Falcon, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria

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Brown Falcon, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria

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10 responses to “Under the watchful gaze of a Brown Falcon

  1. Spectacular shots. If you don’t mind me asking what zoom were you at?

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    • Hi Salil, thanks for the comments. I use a 100-400 canon zoom. This image was taken at the full 400mm. We were sitting in a car using it as a mobile bird hide. Once we got out to get closer it spooked and flew off.

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      • Thanks, I’m in the market for a decent wildlife lens, this one didn’t seem to shape up too badly.

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      • my setup is the Canon 7dMk2, with the latest canon 100-400 IS 4.0-5.6 lens. A good setup for nature work. I add a 1:4 extender for longer distance shots. Very fast setup overall and still light enough to carry with a black-rapid shoulder harness and hand held shooting….

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      • Nice, the only problem for me is I do a lot of trekking and back country stuff, and I would love to have a big rig (as well as a smaller lightweight set up) but its way over budget. I’m looking at getting the Sony a6300 when in comes out, mirrorless for weight and decent weather sealing.

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      • I also carry a canon powershot, very compact, great zoom 1300mm, hd video… I often forget about it but it does come in handy on the longer hikes

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  2. Amazing captures I would have been in my element, just being able to see him/her up close.

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