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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Hawks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-03 15:59
Viewed: 4841
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is a little closer crop than I am usually comfortable with, but a Parks Department in Texas, USA wanted this crop as they are going to use this photo for a metal sign in the wetlands area of their largest city park. Strange they chose a photo from the eastern part of the US!

This is a juvenile Eastern Red-tailed Hawk. We have quite a few variations of the Red-tailed Hawk in the US with Western, Eastern, Southwestern, Krider's and Harlan's with light and dark morphs and various stages of plumage...get's a bit confusing at times. It is rather easy to distinquish whether a Red-tailed ( eastern) is a juvie or adult just by the tail. Young hawks still have feathers that are white and brown stripped where the adult has the gorgeous rust red tail feathers. Another easy and quick ID in the red-tailed is that both adult and juvie have a distinct belly band.

I adore all raptors, but there is a special place in my heart for a Red-tailed Hawk. They are so lovely to watch floating on the air currents and seem to just glide forever.

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Lesley, Your floater is stunning. The detail, contrast and colours are very good. A few clouds would be nice but the shot is very good as it is now.
Greetings, Jan

I love in-flight birds photos, raptors being certainly the most photogenic. This one is beautiful (I understand why it has been selected), sharp, good exposure although a strong light from the top, and perfectly framed. Looks like you were pretty close, because details (like the eye and feathers ends) are very legible. Light gives also an attractive transparency to the wings. Ver well done Lesley.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-03 17:05]

I'm a hawk lover, and you caught me.
Excelent work and capture of the Reddy. :)


It is easy to see why this photo is going to be used by the Parks Department. This classic in-flight shot is very hard to get because the photograph has to be positioned at the right angle. And Lesley, you have managed to frame it perfectly in a sharp, detailed and well exposed image. The light coming through the wings give it a 3D quality. You have put your zoom lens to good use!

1st congratulations on having your picture chosen. A cracking shot beautifully lite from beneath

O my, how can I now comment on such a beautiful photo of such a majestic bird! the crop is a little tight, but the composition and crispness is breath-taking! Very nice! Thanks for posting! -Laurita

When it comes to details such as this I don't mind a thight crop, more space would have forced you to make the hawk smaller. The backlight is fantastic, Lesley. Exceptional capture and post. What was the focal lenght 400mm?

Formidable cette photo en plein vol. Netteté et précision. Belle réalisation. Merci. Rudy.

jolie netteté, très belle animal!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-04 4:08]

When I'm looking at this picture Lesley, I'm dreaming about flying. Perfect!

Yee Ha!! Wonderful capture. Were you flying underneath? This is simply superb. Well done. Many thanks for sharing

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-04 5:58]

Gran captura en vuelo con bellos tonos y excelente agudeza.
El detalle de las plumas es muy notorio, ayudado por la iluminación superior de las mismas.

Great capture in flight with beautiful tones and excellent sharpness.
The detail of the pens is very well-known, helped by the superior illumination of the same ones.

Lesley bravo, great shot great note nothing else to say GREAT!

Very good shot! Good compo, color display and detail. Well done!

Lesley, Simply a wonder to behold! Superb detail with the perfect POV. I think the back-light has helped to make this one transcend all earthly description! I'm soaring with the Gods! An exceptional post!!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-04 11:19]

need I say more than that this is going to my favorites.

It is stannung, thanks for posting.

Beautiful bird and perfect picture.

Wonderful capture well exposed, Perfect!

Fantastic capture Lesley. Not much to - it is simply perfect in any way and I love the cropping - excellent work.

Had not time the other day to look and coment, but the other guys said everything one can say. I love it, a real wallhanger!

An absolutely perfect "bird in flight" shot, which I love. The light showing the detail through the wings is just beautiful. I hadn't seen any of your work before now, but I will looking for more as I found all your pics so beautiful.

Ahh.. this is very nice. This is a fantastic shot Lesley and is typical of the quality you keep posting here. Most excellent.

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