Day 146—Rescue

Today I got another rescue call from the California Foundation for Birds of Prey. A baby hawk had fallen from a tree and needed to be picked up and brought to the clinic. My photoblogger friend, Melinda, who was visiting me when I got my first rescue call a month ago, was visiting again. What are the odds? She rode with me to the location and volunteered to sit in the back seat of my car on the return ride to the clinic to make sure that the baby hawk was secure in its box. She volunteered despite her fear of birds. Thanks, Melinda. You’re a trouper!

I took a few shots at the clinic where Vincent, one of the clinic staffers, held the downy bundle up for us to photograph. As we fumbled with camera settings, he urged us to hurry. When we returned home, I found that my shots were perfectly exposed but completely out of focus. Melinda’s were underexposed and we won’t know the status of her focus until she returns home and downloads her pictures. We may be intrepid photographers but we seem to have a long way to go before we’ll be able to take pictures under duress. Maybe the third time will be a charm!

Focal Length 170mm
ISO 640