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Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hawks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-24 22:35
Viewed: 4758
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a female Harris's Hawk/Parabuteo unicinctus

Another Raptor I photographed at the TreeHouse Wildlife Center. "Shannon" was a trained falconry bird, until an accident shattered her left wing and it had to be amputated. I used this pose to hide the fact that a large part of her left wing is gone.

Classification and Range
Harris’s hawks are in the family Accipitridae, which includes kites, eagles, accipiters (forest hawks), buteos (soaring hawks) and harriers. Harris’s hawks are considered buteos. Buteos are the most diverse group of diurnal (day active) raptors in North America with the greatest variety of habitats and prey.

Harris’s hawks reside in semi-open habitats.
Physical Characteristics
With a wingspan of approximately 3.5 feet (1 m), Harris’s hawks are considered medium-sized hawks. They weigh between 1.25 to 2.5 pounds (.6-1.1 kg) with the males smaller than females. Their entire head and most of their body is dark brown with chestnut wing patches and a white rump patch and tail tip.

Life Span
A banded Harris's hawk lived over 12 years in the wild. Captive birds can live at least 20 years.

Fascinating Facts

Red-tailed hawks, which are common, are related to Harris’s hawks!
Harris’s hawks have been observed doing what scientists call “backstanding.” One bird stands on another back, and a third may stand on top of the other two.Scientists do not know why this is done!
Harris’s hawks are one of the most popular falconry birds in North America due to their cooperative nature!
The Harris’s hawk and Harris’s sparrow were both named by John James Audubon in honor of his good friend, Edward Harris!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-24 22:38]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Scott.

An impressive shot of this wonderful hawk, Scott.

So sharp and lovely the details, great POV and perfect lighting.

I think she looks a wee bit sad however, but then, I always think that creatures in captivity, whether good or bad, look sad...

A stunning post, I thank you for sharing it.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-24 22:58]

Hi Scott,
Great quality portrait!
Excellent sharpness and clarity,
very good lighting, nice pose.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-24 23:17]

Nice portrait Scott!
Focus and exposure are excellent so we can see lot of details. The catchlight in the eye give a lot of life to the picture. Great shot and TFS

Nice solid detail, attractive pose and close up.


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-25 2:40]

Hi Scott,
very nice portrait. I like the composition and colours. Interesting note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Scott!
Wonderful portrait.Details,sharpness,colors and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-25 3:28]

What a wonderful and interesting portrait that you have well done. This bird is impressive. Congratulations Scott and thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-25 5:10]

Nice portrait Scot. Details are sharp and the POV & DOF are very good. The feathers seem a wee bit too light ... Maybe adding a little contrast would have helped. Very interesting note. Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-25 5:12]

Hello Scott!
Very nice portrait.Colors,POV,details,sharpness,BG,clear eyes and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

That´s a very interesting bird. I´ve saw in a Eaglestation. A very good bird to hunt rabbits.
Scott, that´s a fantastic portrait shot about this nice bird. Excellent POV and DOF. Sharpness und colours are great. Nice bg too. A great one. Thanks for posting. Regards Heinz

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-25 7:46]

Superb shot Scott! I love this proud pose, vigilant eyes, pose. Very good composition and details. Beautifull predator.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-25 9:13]

Hello Scott,
Excellent shot!
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

Hi Scott,
A very fine portrait of the beautiful bird.
The details are very good, nice colours and light.
You did a excellent work.

hello Scott,
good to meet you here too....
fabulous image of a royal bird. Excellent sharpness, good POV for an elegant pose.

Hi Scott

Very nice shot. Good light. Colours and exposure are great. Sharpness and detail are spot on. Good work. Thanks.

Hi Scott !
I don't have enough time to write a decent comment, but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

//Lovely model and very good shot //

Great capture Scott,
Very good sharp detail and colours. Good POV and well composed.Excellrnt exposure. good notes.
Thanks for posting.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-25 17:34]

Scott, you already know I do enjoy birds of prey, and this is a stunning picture.

Excellent sharpness, dof, pov and composition.

I like the bg too. Besides, I enjoy the attitude of the bird - great expression. Finally, the catchlight in the eye.


I like this picture. The focus is dead-on and the composition works well. Very strong photo. Glad you got some great shots at the TreeHouse. Can't wait to see more.

Excellent capture Scott. Please forgive me, it's late. Thank You.

Beautifully detailed portrait Scott, really stands out against the OOF background.
Very good note too!Thanks for sharing.

Amazing capture, great job on the DOF! Perfect detail on feathers and lovely blurred background.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-29 0:15]

Ah Scott, superb! What a bird. Colourful, sharp and detailed, nicely composed and captured. Good work, TYFS

So crystal clear, every feather shows. Poor hawk, bound to the earth forever!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-02-11 4:16]

Hi Scott,
Excellent portrait with excellent focus,pov,dof,sharpness,colors,note and lighting.TFS

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