I headed up north to San Francisco this weekend on a primarily non-photography focused trip. The city is always amazing and I was really happy to make it up there while the weather was so nice. After eating way too much great food, I headed back the long way along HW 1 yesterday morning. I love looking at the waves along this stretch of coastline and could spend all day taking pictures of their infinite variations. If there would have been potential for clouds, I would have drove down later in the day. But with the nice weather, I got on the road early with the hope of seeing some wildlife along the way. I wasn’t disappointed and managed to spot a pair of coyotes hunting in a field. Sharing the field with them was a Harrier, who was fun to watch cruising low over the ground. It would abruptly change direction and dive for the ground several times but I never saw it successfully catch anything. The coyote and harrier photos were all taken with my 400 5.6 plus 1.4x extender on a tripod. With this combination I don’t have autofocus, so all of these were manually focused. Capturing a bird in flight at 560 mm with no autofocus isn’t the easiest thing to do and I was impressed with how many were in focus.
“Wave” – HW 1, north of Big Sur, CA
“Coyote I” – HW 1, north of Big Sur, CA
“Coyote I running” – HW 1, north of Big Sur, CA
“Coyote II” – HW 1, north of Big Sur, CA
“Harrier I” – HW 1, north of Big Sur, CA
“Harrier II” – HW 1, north of Big Sur, CA