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Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk
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Copyright: Tom Peak (tkp1165) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 595] (3876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300, Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2.8 IF-ED
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-04 19:18
Viewed: 3841
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went to the Refuge to day to check out the Hawks. As I was setting watching a couple of them hunting for food. This guy flys by me about 10 feet away as fast as it happened I was surprised to get a shot off. I wish there could have been a better BG but thats the way it gos some times. Very little cropping he was on the right side of the shot so I just evened it out a little. Thanks for looking.

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Hi Tom,dynamic! Not only is this image a dynamic one it has a great amount of detail drawing one's eye to it and that makes this a joy to see.The slight blur the image has helps to convey the sense of motion very well and the only thing I wish could be different would be a nicer light for that added colour saturation,as that makes for a more lively image.Still a very good image of one of my most photoed birds here where I live.A fine photo and thank you kind sir for sharing it with us all.


hello Tom

WOW ! i have seen in-flight close up photos of birds of prey on TN
but not close as your photo (or i don't remember),
a great shot with superb focus sharpness and details,
the expression of this Hawk's glance and its flight pose
are bringing dynamism to the image, TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-04 22:32]
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Hello Tom
Excellent in flight capture. Thanks for sharing

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-02-04 23:41]
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Hi Tom , wow ! close encounter of the Bird kind :-D , a very impressive shot no doubt about that. I like the composition , color , and fair detail. I have tried for inflights with the same body and lens combo so have a pretty good idea of how close this is , and how fast the moment passes ;-) , if I had got this shot myself , I would firstly feel pretty darned lucky , but afterward would wish for two things , that the day/light had gave up a bit more shutter speed with a bit smaller aperture , and that the focus point managed to land a bit higher on the Hawk. not at all a criticism but owning the same lens I am very aware of the detail it is capable of , I hope next time fortune smiles a bit more fondly , a bit more luck with circumstance and this image would not be great , but amazing :-)
thanks for sharing

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-04 23:47]

Hello Tom,

This is real a wonderful image of these Red Tail Hawk.
Open wings, splendid it eye and the yellow beak and legs, lovely presentation.

Have a nice day,

Wickedly good shot Tom. Love the dangling legs. It would make a good new mascot for the U.S.A. LOL Nice capture. Trevor

Hi Tom.
Good capture of a great bird in flight.
Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi Tom,
woh! beatiful bird, shoted whit very good result at 1/500s, impressive details and atractive low blurred wings. I think a more open croping is better, but this a matter o taste. Regards, Jesús

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-05 10:15]

Hello Tom,
Not a perfect photo when I see the exposure and the result of it, but a very close photo of this Ted-tailed Hawk. A great moment in nice natural colours and a good POV and composition.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-05 19:52]

Hello Tom,
Incredible action shot showing this beautiful hawk in full flight as it maneuvered by you. Love the detail you managed to capture even though you only had a split second to react to this event. Love the way you can see the underside so vividly and the gorgeous patterns in it's wings. Great work!!

Impresionante captura Tom. Buenos colores y muchodinamismo!
Saludos desde España: Josep Ignasi.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

wow, nice action shot Tom.
It must have been exciting to have a Red tailed hawk fly so close to you. Well done.
TFS Janice

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