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Sharp Shinned Hawk

Sharp Shinned Hawk
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Copyright: Kris Kearns (kkearns) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 60] (244)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-27 14:18
Viewed: 3491
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s hawks are common hawks in the Ohio area. Despite their common occurrence, these hawks present a significant identification problem for birders. Throughout the year, there is great variation in plumage and in size for these two species. Therefore, perhaps more than any other similar-looking pair, no single field mark is likely to distinguish one species from the other. Instead, a combination of factors should be used to determine the hawk type. As with this hawk from the Brecksville Reservation, I used the hawk's small stature and the square of tip of tail. And the flight pattern, several quick wingbeats followed by a short glide.

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