Bird stories

Day 1 2020-05-04

The Common buzzard


This is my first picture of a buzzard. A great bird! Every time I saw one, I say, “Look! There is my friend!”. In the following articles I will tell you about my friends. How majestic they can be, how lazy they look when they hunt, how colorful they can be and … how threatening.

As a little boy, a long long time ago, I already was fascinated by birds of prey. The buzzard was not that common at that time as it is nowadays. I spent a lot of time in the fields around my village (maybe too much time :-)). When I lay back in the grass and saw a buzzard making circles in the sky to get higher and higher, I wondered how they did that and ….. could I ever do that myself? Well, the first thought is general aerodynamics knowledge. The second thought? No, now I know, I will never be able to do that. It’s a bit frustrating, but it really makes birds the masters of the sky and a symbol of freedom.

In 1972 I bought my first camera. It was the Exakta twin TL with two lenses a SEIMAR TELEPHOTO 1:3.5 F=135mm and a ZEISS 1:2.8 F=50mm.  I enjoyed this analoge camera and it served me well over the years. But for binding it was not the right equipement so I did many landscapes and some close ups.

Now I use two cameras. The Canon 1D MIV and the Cnon 7D MII. The lenses are the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, the Canon zoom Lens EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L IS II USM, the Canon Zoom Lens EF 100-400mm 1:5.6L USM, the Tamron A011E Sp 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2, the Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 and the Canon 40mm F1.8.