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Swainson Hawk

Swainson Hawk
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Copyright: steven warnstaff (Wahclellaspirit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 4 N: 62] (299)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: PZ 1P, 1.4X Teleconvertor for 500mm F 4.5, Fujichrome 50 ASA
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-17 3:36
Viewed: 3403
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken on my last trip to the nest site in Eastern Oregon near my home town of North Powder. This eyess was within a couple of weeks of flying for the first time when I photographed it standing at the edge of the nest. As you can see by its posture that I had been accepted near the nest site as long as I stayed at least 20' away from the base of the tree. If I dared approach it any closer the parents would dive from either straight up above me or would fly a distanc down the road from me and gain elevation and as it approached drop in altitude and nearly take my hat off my head. At first it was a little unnerving to have those large talons aimed for my head, then I learned my distance and they were more forgiving for my intrusion, and I was grateful for their image.

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