Monday, March 19, 2007

Agile acrobats!

Here are a few shots by Division of Wildlife photographer, Tim Daniel, that hopefully give some idea of the agility of these birds. Still photos can't compare to actually witnessing a falcon in a screaming dive at you, of course, but stopping the motion in time (at 1/1000th of a second!) gives us a view that you'd never be able to pick up with the naked eye if there in person. The flexibility of the wings is especially impressive-the first 2 shots show the extension of wings in an "up flap" that might as well be a full 90 degrees from the body.

To help your perspective in the 3rd photo, the granite structure on the left side of the frame is the verticle side of the Rhodes Tower. This is just as the falcon has banked and is coming back towards us for another pass.

Many have noticed the time stamp on the FalconCam has changed, notably there are no seconds displayed. This is due to using different software from what we have in the past. Unfortunately, it is a limitation of the software that displaying seconds is not possible. We apologize for the inconvenience. However, I can tell you we are currently testing the live streaming video and hope to have it available to all very soon! The added bonus this year will be the separation of the 2 images-no more inset photo!!! Many have asked for that every year and we are finally able to provide that feature also in the very near future. Enjoy!