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Right Turn !

Right Turn !
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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, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-18 7:55
Viewed: 3202
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
That's a Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus, 48-60 cm) taking a hard right turn but looking at its left...

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

A hawk of the North, the Rough-legged Hawk breeds in Arctic tundra and taiga regions around the northern hemisphere. Both dark and light forms are common, with many birds intermediate between the extremes.

Large hawk.
Wings long and broad.
Flight feathers pale, with dark trailing edge to wings.
Black marks at wrists.
Tail broad, with white at base and broad dark tip.
Commonly with pale, streaked chest and broad dark belly.
May be all dark, but still with pale wing feathers and white at base of tail.

Size: 47-52 cm (19-20 in)
Wingspan: 132-138 cm (52-54 in)
Weight: 715-1400 g (25.24-49.42 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male light morph has some dark barring on otherwise pale wing feathers, narrow dark bands near base of tail, and belly with variable amount of dark mottling. Female has cleaner white wing feathers, only one or two dark bands on tail (large one near tip), a nearly completely dark belly, and a browner back. Dark morphs similar, but female is browner. Some birds have mixed plumage patterns of opposite sex.

Call a drawn-out, downward "kaaaar."

Conservation Status
No evidence of any change in North American breeding populations.

Other Names
Buse pattue (French)
Ratonero calzado (Spanish)

Cool Facts

The nest of the Rough-legged Hawk sometimes contains the bones of caribou along with sticks.

The name "Rough-legged" Hawk refers to the feathered legs. The Rough-legged Hawk, the Ferruginous Hawk, and the Golden Eagle are the only American hawks to have legs feathered all the way to the toes.

Luis52, Argus, writerscrawlz, Arjun, mariki, valy67, bobcat08, nglen, undoredo, jaycee, Maite, eqshannon, Jamesp, SelenE, NinaM, Adanac, Evelynn, jrobertop, CeltickRanger, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-18 8:04]

Hola Mario. Bella foto de accion de este Halcon. Los colores azul del cielo son muy hermosos, y la presentacion exelente.
Saludos Mario

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-18 8:19]

Hello mario,
Very fine in-flight of a Rough-legged Buzzard. I like the unusual POV and superb composition against the blue sky, as well as the fine sharpness.
Well done and thanks,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-18 8:44]

Good afternoon Mario :)
Another incredible in-flight shot of this Rough-Legged Buzzard.
Superb exposure and lighting.
Great details and sharpness.
Powerful pose.
Well done,

Excellent pov - and he really stands out against the sky. It's photos like these that make my heart soar - there's something about them, something alluring that makes me want to see even more. They are graceful predators, and the contrast against the bird and sky is spectacular. Well done.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-12-18 9:36]

hi mario,
great picture.loved the compo,

Hello Mario
This is just superb..its super sharp and detailed, very well exposed and the pov is superb..was he very low?..The angle of his head suggests that he was quite low to me.
Best Regards

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-18 10:36]

Hello mario !
What a great capture ! You have perfectly frozen this bird in flight, and he is quite sharp with excellent details. I love his pose and his sharp look. The blue sky makes his stand out so nicely, and the composition as well as the BG are perfect. Very well done !

Hello Mario,
Very beautifully captured of the in flight Hawk!
good sharpness with wonderful details
well done and thanks for sharing

Hello Mario,

What a great composition. I am curious what which havik saw there at the left-hand side. what was the reason of his sharp righthand turn? The contrast between the blue sky and the Hawk is magnificent. Interesting notes. Regards and TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-18 11:40]

Hi Mario. This is a very good inflight shot of this beautiful bird. good use of the sun light to give natural colours. great timing and detail . well done TFS.

Hello Mario,
You've captured very fantastic pose of this Rough-legged Hawk in flight.
Outstanding details and sharpness, with nice composition.
The clean blue sky makes him stand out very well.
Beautiful and wonderful shot!!
Well presented with your informative note, as usual. :-)
Many thanks for sharing this lovely photo.
Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-18 12:08]

Hi Mario,

You froze this hawk in a fantastic position. I love the position of the wings! Very sharp details and wonderful colors. Looks great against the very blue sky.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-18 12:51]

Great capture with a fantastic composition, Mario.
Beautiful bird and beautiful colors.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Mario, great action shoot of beautiful hawk in great fly in a splendid blue sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Nice angling in on the bird as it wings its way towards something...or perhaps just a sight seeing trip. I am looking through some old high 8 film here and it looks as though I have plenty of video of these birds from man years back...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-18 14:06]

Nothing to say,the pic talk alone,is beautifull!! thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-18 14:41]

Hi Mario

Excellent pose - great sharpness and exposure.



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-18 14:53]

Hi Mario,
I liked the POV and the pose you captured. Good details and a nice composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-18 16:07]

Bonsoir Mario, superbe capture de cette buse pattue, vraiment magnifique. C'est avec étonnement que j'ai découvert que nous pouvions bien voir sa face et le mouvement de l'oiseau est très beau, laissant apparaître son ventre. Excellente exposition malgré le contre-jour du ciel. Merci!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-18 17:08]

Hello Mario,
Superb inflight capture with amazing details, this is not easy I know so congratulations on this great image.

This is a great in-flight capture. The angle and sharpness against that clear blue sky is very striking. Lovely work, once again.

Evelynn : )

Hi Mario,
Admirable picture!
Extraordinary posture of this wonderful bird!
Excellent perspective and details.
I liked much of this work!
Congratulations and TFS!
José Roberto

Hello Mario,

Great in-flight shot. Beautiful composition. Very nice posture of the bird. Good ligting and focus.
Well done,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-19 0:53]

Hi Mario,
Just marking this wonderful post for the moment, lest I miss it, and will come back with a proper critique later.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-19 7:50]

Hello Mario,
Most of all I like the composition in this photo. Great colours, POV and sharpness. Outstanding BG.

salut Mario

superbe image à l'envol, j'aimes beaucoup le pov de l'image



Bonjour Mario,

La capture de la Buse pattue en vol par le photographe est tout un défi. La prise de vue permet de distinguer en détail son plumage et ses couleurs. Merci du partage.


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