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Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-09 9:01
Viewed: 2717
Points: 24
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Red-tailed hawk
Buteo jamaicensis

Cool Facts

The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound. At least, thatís what Hollywood directors seem to think. Whenever a hawk or eagle appears onscreen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on the soundtrack is almost always a Red-tailed Hawk.

Birds are amazingly adapted for life in the air. The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the largest birds youíll see in North America, yet even the biggest females weigh in at only about 3 pounds. A similar-sized small dog might weigh 10 times that.

Courting Red-tailed Hawks put on a display in which they soar in wide circles at a great height. The male dives steeply, then shoots up again at an angle nearly as steep. After several of these swoops he approaches the female from above, extends his legs, and touches her briefly. Sometimes, the pair grab onto one other, clasp talons, and plummet in spirals toward the ground before pulling away.

Red-tailed Hawks have been seen hunting as a pair, guarding opposite sides of the same tree to catch tree squirrels.

The oldest known Red-tailed Hawk was 28 years 10 months old.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-09 9:11]

Hello Manyee,
What a fantastic portrait of this Red-tailed Hawk. Amazing sharpness and details in very beautiful natural colours. Splendid clarity in the eye. Excellent DOF and choice of composition.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-09 10:41]

Hello ManYee,
I'm not sure how to whistle in cyber talk, but I'm whistling here. This is an absolutely perfect portrait, but after seeing some of your shots of your beautiful family, I know what your capable of. Fantastic work ManYee.

Hello Manyee,
Wonderful portrait of this bird of prey captured from good POV with great sharp details. I also like colours and OOF BG. Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-09 12:01]

Hello Manyee!
This is a brilliant close portrait of the Red-tailed Hawk! Fantastic sharpness and wonderful colours. A beautiful soft background and well framed image.
TFS and best wishses, Ulla

hello Manyee
super sharpness head with great details and beautiful naturel colours
greting lou

Hi Mannyee!
Great photo!
Razor sharp, plenty of details, very good pov and dof, well blurred bg to emphasize the subject and very good composition!
Colors are, also, great!

Hi Manyee,

Long time! This is a really good portrait shot of the eagle. Very good resolution, sharpness and detail. Good focus and DOF. What a pity about the light, but one has to take the picture where you find them, so well done.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-11 19:10]

Awesome photo Manyee!!!
Super close shot showing lots of detail and beautiful colors. Love the way you can easily see his facial feature and expression. Super job!!

Hi ManYee,
It's a very nice portrait of the raptor. You managed
to capture really nice detail throughout. The eye is
very attractive especially with the catchlight. I would
really like to spend more time photographing birds of
prey, seems everytime I try theres few around, but
that doesn't mean I'll quit. I'll just admire yours in
the meantime.

Hello Manyee.

Thank you for that picture of the Red-tailed hawk.

The composition is very good with a perfect positioning of the bird in the frame and a good occupation of the space.
The point of view is excellent. We can appreciate the eye, the glance and the beak of the hawk.
The sharpness is excellent : The feathers and wings of the hawk are perfectly rendered.
The depth of field is good and the background is perfectly well adapted to the subject.
The colours and contrast are natural.

Nonestly, I appreciate more that photo than the following regarding another point of view of the same hawk (on the second view, it would have been better to have a voew on the two eyes).

Thank you for the sharing. See you soon on trek nature for other pictures.

All the best.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-15 22:38]

Hello ManYee,
A wonderful close portrait of a Red-tailed Hawk. The turned head pose was taken from just the right POV with superb sharpness, lighting and colours against a suitable BG.
Even though such a fine head portrait is unlikely to be taken in the wild this is a joy to view for the details.
Thanks and have a good week,

I Like this picture very much ManYee, as well your notes, you have a very nice gallery of pictures. Congrats,



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