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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great Portraits Part Two, Hawks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-04 12:22
Viewed: 13049
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
RED-TAILED HAWK (Buteo jamaicensis)

Description: A large stocky hawk that has a typical light-phase with a whitish breast and rust-colored tail. Young birds are duller, more streaked and lack rust-colored tail of the adult. They are distinguished from Red-shouldered and Swainson’s hawks by their white chest, stocky build, and broader, more rounded wings. This species is quite variable in color, especially in the West, where blackish individuals occur; these usually retain the rusty tail.

Range/Habitat: Breeding takes place throughout North America, from Alaska east to Nova Scotia and southward. They winter in north to southern British Columbia and Maritime Provinces.

Adaptations: The Red-tailed Hawk has extremely keen eyesight and can often be seen perching in a tree at the edge of a meadow, watching for the slightest movement in the grass below.

Diet: mammals including mice, rats, moles, shrews, squirrels, pocket gophers, cottontails, opossums, muskrats, weasels, how cats (70-85%); birds including ducks, coots, pigeons, quail, rails, gallinules, doves, woodpeckers, songbirds, pheasants.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 235/1 mm

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-04 12:37]

Wauw Stephen,
what a fantastic head, very good with details fantastic composition, great pov, very good pof, realy super shot, with my complimenbts,
gr. Jaap

Outstanding shot Stephen!
Excellent light and sharpness, superb Dof and Bg!
I like the pose of the bird, beautiful bird.
Great colours, it's an amazing photo!

Thank you for sharing, I love this shot.
Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-04 12:38]

Stephen, an artistic shot.

Very good portrait with excellent sharpness, pose and pov. I like the bg a lot too.


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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2005-05-04 12:49]

Lovely capture with great detail and colours. The background is an added compliment to the shot.The expression on the birds face makes him look almost sad to be a predator :-)

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-05-04 13:09]

A beauty!
Fantastic photo Stephen!!
The colors, the DOF, the BG they all amazing!
Superb details on the bird!
The eye is very very sharp!
Excellent pos you caught!

Very very very very WellDone!!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-04 13:15]

really a great shot... simply it is perfect...

Excellent portrait with very good details and excellent quality.

Stunning photograph - the sharpness and lighting are absolutely perfect! Brilliant post!

Hi Steven, nice detailed close up portrait.
Well captured pose with good focus on the eye, well taken and TFS.

An Awesome portrait Stephen,
Crystal clear details, sharpness, perfect exposure, and great colours.
An absolute cracker of a shot, Thanks for posting

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-04 21:44]

Un excellent portrait de ce rapace, l'exposition et la lumière dans le regard sont sublimes.

Félicitations pour la netteté.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-05 4:25]

Beau et intéressant portrait pour ce magnifique rapace. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien maitrisée.
Very Well Done ! Please, was he in nature or zoo ?

Awesome shot Stephen. Light was definitately in your favour. Clarity and sharpness are both superb. Very nice work. Thanks

Superb portrait Stephen....No nits..picture perfect! We've got the Red-tailed Hawk here and it teases me occassionally with a quick glimpse as I observe it in flight..

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-05 10:05]

Hi Stephen!
Wonderful portrait.Lighting,details,BG,clear eyes and framing are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-05-05 10:54]

A superb portrait.
The pose of these eagle is spectacular.
Great technical stuff, it's a success.

Great shot Stephen!
This is perfect capture. Everything is excellent and the light and colours simply beautiful.
I love it, so it must go straight to my favourites ;-)

Superb portrait, perfect details and colours. Not a nit!
Very well done.

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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2005-05-13 18:15]

Impressive bird. As always I am fashinated about these predators. The incredible sharpness in it´s eyes gives a feeling of closeness to the picture.

Great work

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