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Red-Tailed Hawk ?

Red-Tailed Hawk ?
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 8:40
Viewed: 4169
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Not very far from my house in some big fields near the river I saw some raptors in the sky so I came back with the Canon and shot a few of them. I think this one is a Red-tailed Hawk but I'm not sure it could also be a Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus 48-60 cm) too because adults and immature are sometimes really differents. Maybe someone here can confirm or infirm ? Anyway I was pretty excited to see that !

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To PeterZ: Thanks !EOSF1 1 11-04 01:46
To cuckooroller: Thanks !EOSF1 1 11-03 03:25
To cuckooroller: Disagree,,,eqshannon 1 11-02 17:54
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-02 8:43]

Hi Mario,

A wonderful capture of this hawk in flight. Colors and details are amazing. The wing span is awesome. A beautiful vertical composition.


Hello Mario,
Don't know what is it, but is very pretty!
wonderful composition, great POV and perfect
sharpness.. Very well done


Hello Mario
Wonderful shot of this Hawk,
Perfect focusing,exposure and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

very nice capture, nice color and very good sharpness;-)

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-02 9:46]

hi mario,
wondeful picture xcellent details and perfectly shot.clear sky adds contrast.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-02 10:47]

Salut Mario,
Wow! Excellente photo d'action! Très belle netteté,on voit bien les détails du plumage.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-02 11:52]
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Wow, Mario, this is something else! What a fantastic photo. The light and sharpness are amazing. I've looked in my Birds of prey bible (Raptors of the world - Ferguson-Lees and Christie) and think it's a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. Indeed the ID is very difficult.
Perfect composition.

Hi Mario,

Excellent inflight shot
sharpness and DOF are SUPERB
lovely compo

TFS Thijs

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-02 13:19]

Hi Mario,
I can't be sure about the ID but It's a very nice in-flight capture against a wonderful blue sky. Details and colors of the plumage look very nice. Good exposure control. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-02 13:22]

Hi Mario. I bet you were excited. you have captured a very good in flight shot. showing fine detail of the wings and feathers.great colours against the blue sky. very well done TFS.
Have a good weekend.

Peter is correct. This is a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk - race borealis.

Hello Mario,
this is a great shot. Excellent POV, framing and sharpness too. This is a great composition. Thank you.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-11-02 14:00]

Hi Mario,

Very,very,very sharp shot. Congratulations with this one, not easy to catch them with perfect details like you did. What a beautiful bird!!

Very well done!


Hello Mario,
An amazing capture of this hawk hovering, with excellent colours and details!
Very nice composition & POV, well presented!!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-02 14:48]

Hi Mario

Skillful shot - very steady hand! Great detail and composition.


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-02 15:52]

Hello Mario,
Wonderful shot, great exposure & sharpness
Regards, Dejan

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-02 17:06]

Hi Mario
Stunning action shot
Detail and color stand out
superb against the lovely
blue backgrond tfs jon

Salut Mario,
Une belle capture de cette buse, les détails sont superbes , très belle composition et cliché , belles couleurs et point de vue ..supers..bravo..

I'm no expert...fur sure on that... a doggone good picture to boot.

salut Mario

très belle image de ce rapace en vol les ailes ouvertes,
les détails du plumage sont superbes et une belle netteté
et aussi une excelente luminosité de l'image, TFS


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-02 19:53]

Salut Mario
Excellente imamage en vol.Beau détails et image nette .:a ;umiere est excellent de plus le bleu du ciel est sublime.
Merci Michel

Wow! I am jealous :) excellent inflight shot, with wonderful colours, lighting, clarity and wow!!! that wings spanned are awesome.
Brilliant shot...

Hi Mario

Excellent shot of this hawk
Great sharpness and plumage details
Great contrast against the blue sky


Hello my friend Mario,
I do not wish any of your great work of nature escape my eye!
This is another great shot of perfectness in great details of the Hawk, sharpness, good colour all there!
well done again

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-03 0:54]

Hi Mario,
Just marking this wonderful post from you for now and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an urgent assignment.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-11-03 2:09]

Bonjour Master Mario,
Magnifique oiseau et magnifique photo ! Je comprends que vous soyez impatient d'y retourner. Composition sombre et superbe, netteté excellente. Pour l'ID je ne peux pas vous aider ;-)
Bravo et merci pour le partage,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-03 4:49]

Hi Mario

Wow...not this is a splendid in-flight!!!
It's hard to catch them with such a perfect light on their underwings, but you took advantage of that here and you managed a impeccably sharp shot! Congratulations!
The colors here are simply outstanding, too - both on the hawk and on that beautiful blue sky as a BG.
The composition you managed is also great and it enhances the overall visual impact of the picture.

Bravo and TFS

Salut Mario,
QUELLE BELLE LUMIÈRE sur cet oiseau (Buse à queue rousse?)
Cette lumière nous fais apprécier les ailes et son plumage... WOW
Bon week-end,


Hi Mario
lovely blue sky and great details in the feathers, perfect exposure and nice compo

Bonjour Mario,

Une belle image de ce rapace en vol, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-11-03 10:04]

Bravo Mario.

Bonjour Mario,
Vraiment une grande réussite, quelle netteté, les détails sont superbes.
Je ne peux pas t'aider quant à l'identification.
Merci pour le partage.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-11-04 16:30]

Salut Mario,
Tous les qualificatifs ont été utilisés ... avec raison... superbe cliché... la partie blanche sur la poitrine bordé d'une bande moustachée brun laisse croire à une buse à queue rousse... et sa queue blanche montre que c'est un juvenil ...

Bravo Mario pour la grande qualité technique de cette photo.J'aime particulièrement la "pureté" des détails.



Impresionante es el calificativo correcto para esta gran toma. Inmensa luz y espectacular el plumaje. Buen encuadre. Gran Trabajo Mario !!!

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