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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-08 11:45
Viewed: 3552
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No, not from me, but from this nice Red-shouldered
Hawk (Buteo lineatus) that was sitting along the way
during the tram tour through the Everglades-Shark Valley.


The Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) is a
medium-sized hawk. Its breeding range spans eastern
North America and along the coast of California and
northern to northeastern-central Mexico.

Males are 43 to 58 cm long, weigh about 550 g and have
a wingspan of 96 cm. Females are slightly larger at 48
to 61 cm in length, a weight of about 700 g, and a
wingspan of about 105 cm. Adults have a brownish head,
a reddish chest, and a pale belly with reddish bars.
Their tail, which is quite long by Buteo standards, is
marked with narrow white bars. The red "shoulder" is
visible when the bird is perched as seen in the image
to the right. These hawks' upper parts are dark with
pale spots and they have long yellow legs. Western
birds may appear more red while Florida birds are
generally paler. The wings of adults are more heavily
barred on the upper side. Juvenile Red-shouldered
Hawks are most likely to be confused with juvenile
Broad-winged Hawks, but can be distinguished by their
long tail, crescent-like wing markings, and a more
flapping, Accipiter-like flight style.

While in forested areas, these birds typically wait on
a perch and swoop down on prey. When in clearings,
they sometimes fly low in order to surprise prey.
Small mammals are typically the most important prey,
with voles, mice and chipmunks locally favored. Other
prey can include amphibians, reptiles (especially
small snakes), small birds, and large insects. During
winters, they sometimes habituate to preying on birds
commonly found at bird feeders, such as House
Sparrows, Mourning Doves, and European Starlings.

Their breeding habitats are deciduous and mixed wooded
areas, often near water. It is while establishing
territories that the distinctive, screaming kee-aah
call (usually repeated 3 to 4 times) of this bird is
heard. The breeding pair build a stick nest in a major
fork of a large tree. The clutch size is typically 3
to 4 eggs. The blotchy-marked eggs are typically 54.5
× 43 mm (2.1 × 1.7 in). The incubation period can
range from 28 to 33 days. The hatchlings, 35 g at
first, are brooded for up to 40 days. The young leave
the nest at about six weeks of age, but remain
dependent on the parents until they are 17 to 19 weeks
old. Predators of eggs and birds of all ages include
Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine
Falcons, raccoons, martens, and fishers (adults are
vulnerable to the mammals only while nesting).

Interestingly, Red-shouldered Hawks sometimes
collaborate and peaceably co-exist with American Crows
(usually an enemy to all other birds because of their
egg-hunting habits) in order to mob Great Horned Owls
and Red-tailed Hawks.

These birds are permanent residents throughout most of
their range, though northern birds do migrate mostly
to central Mexico. The major modern threat to these
birds is deforestation, which has eliminated these
birds as breeders in some areas.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-shouldered_Hawk]


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Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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Very original flight posture of this Hawk .
Sharpens and details excellent .
TFS and good luck .

Hello Thorsten,
Wonderful to catch this hawk at "Bye-Bye" moment. The bird's action is well seen. Perfect camera settings. Thanks for sharing this fine photo.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-08 18:46]

Hola Thorsten.
I glad you dont!!!
You did a great work in this lovely photo. Very sharp and great light. Excellent moment.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-08-08 21:20]

Hello Thorsten,
I'm glad you clarified your title right off the bat, I cringed just a little at first thinking you might be leaving.
You post an impressive inflight photo today. The detail is extremely fine and the colors are beautiful. Wonderfully composed with perfect exposure. Great work!!

Hi Thorsten,
A wonderful moment of leave captured and captured with such excellent skill. The details in the wings are wonderful. I love that the branche he flew away from is slightly blurred. It looks like its still moving caused by his depature.

ciao Thorsten!
good second act, with the raptor in flight with excellent posture of the beat of wings

buona domenica sERGIO

Hello Thorsten,
That's the right moment! Not to late (with no tree), not to early. And your choose the good speed too for a good sharpness. Congratulations for this difficult shot.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6553 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2009-08-09 12:01]

Ooooh! What a sharpness! It's a fantastic composition,not easy to take a pic whit these details whit a in-flight bird and in backlight too.A very professional work!!My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

You are a TRUE photography artist if I ever saw one.
EXCELLENT clarity of details of this hawk in-flight; only you could have composed this beauty!!!
Mario your pal from Canada with friendly greetings.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-08-10 10:17]

Hi Thorsten
Excellent inflight capture.Perfect posture of the wing that provide us with a good side look of the plumage.Beautiful colors to
TFS Michel

Hi Thorsten ,
your composition very artistic , colors and sharpness very good .
TFS and good luck .

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2009-08-12 2:19]

Great picture of Red-shouldered Hawk in alight or take off.
Love this and TFS,

Hello Thorsten

The colours are terrific in this shot.
Excellent action shot against a beautiful sky.
I like the portrait orientation giving height to the shot.
Nicely done.


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