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The Hawk w/ Heckle & Jeckle

The Hawk w/ Heckle & Jeckle
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Copyright: David Robert (Dave) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix S2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-05 21:03
Viewed: 3586
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well I wasn't going to post today, but my counterpart at work caught a last minute long haul, so I'm hanging around at home waiting for his call that they are on the way back before I go in.

I was entertained for a little while today watching these two crows heckle the hawk (in the upper left) down on the periphery of my drain field. Great show through my binoculars. Would have loved to have a long lens... I saw the hawk for the first time yesterday. Hopefully he will become a regular visitor, and maybe someday I'll have a better photo op.

The two crows are sitting in a tree that I personally love. It reminds me of something out of Africa since it is a scraggily old oak. It is on the edge of my woodline and in my view. Would you be surprised if you knew how many people have offered to cut it down for me? One man's trash / another man's treasure. It makes a wonderful perch for the larger birds sitting high above the little valley I have the privilege to overlook. Well, I hope you don't mind me indulging you a little this evening with a slice of my life...;-)

I've not positively identified the hawk. :( I think it is a Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus better pictures found here After looking at these, I am now pretty sure it is a Red-shouldered Hawk.

The crows are easy :)
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
more info

Well, thanks for looking!

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The better sight to see it when the crows actually attack the hawk, its a hilarious event! Hawks are migrating in, should be a visitor for the next couple of months. I do concur with you that this is a Red Shouldered Hawk.


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-12-05 22:28]

Hi Dave,

It is hard to see clearly, keep shooting, one will stand out.


Hi Dave,
I like the composition here. Maybe with some PP you could give some more contrast and sharpness. I don't have time for a WS now, but I think that your shot is workable in something better.

Regards, Petru

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-06 8:42]

Not clear, not sharp but thanks for sharing the moment. This is what TrekNature is about for me -sharing moments with nature through photography.

It's great looking at birds on the trees :-)
I make me be calm and happy. When I grew up I spent so many time in the forest looking at them so long...

Thanks for sharing this Dave. As Nico says, it's what TN is about. I enjoyed the note and the "better" pictures ;-) TFS!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-09 23:31]

Personal assessment of the photo: good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Good visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: very interesting.
Thank you very much David.

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