Fresh Kill

Fresh Kill
Since I am going to a birding club meeting this evening, I'd thought share picture from an avian event I witnessed a couple of years ago. This happened one snowy day very shortly after I took possession my new digital SLR camera. I noticed a dark flash and a commotion in the front yard. A pigeon size bird then flew off into a nearby tree. I grabbed my camera and went out to investigate. There were feathers an bits of frozen blood in the snow where the altercation had taken place. An unfortunate tufted titmouse had become prey. I noticed where the predator had perched and started taking pictures.

Over a hundred shots in strong contrasty light had been taken. They captured this sharp shinned hawk enjoying the spoils of the hunt. This image is heavily cropped and taken at a low resolution. I know better now how to get better results, but thankfully, the automatic modes still managed to document the event.
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