Man is it HOT
|Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac)
|Date Taken: 2007-07-06|
|Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 4:18|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Yesterday I captured this Swainson's Hawk as she held her wings out and fanned her tail in an attempt to proved her three nestlings some shade, as the temperature reached 38 celcius for the second day. If forecasts are correct they should get some relief with highs around 25 today.|
By Lee Sollenberger
This is a common buteo of the grassland region of the western USA and Canada. In Alberta, it occurs in the prairie regions wherever there is a tree or even a single clump of willows in which it can place its nest. Often seen sitting on a fence-post or telephone pole, it is the only raptor that allows one to drive up to it, stop and look at it, without it flying away.
Swainsons Hawks winter in the pampas region of Argentina, feeding entirely on grasshoppers while there. They arrive back in southern Alberta during the third week of April. Immediately, they claim their previous year's nest, if still intact. If not, they build a new one, often in a farm shelterbelt in the rural areas.
After rearing their family, all leave the province by the end of September. They gather in ever greater numbers until they are in the hundreds of thousands as they pass through Mexico and Central America, making the longest migration flight of any North American raptor. Because they travel in such high numbers, they make the entire 10,000 km one-way journey with little or no food. They are able to do so by passively using solar energy, gliding from one rising air thermal to the next.
While in Alberta, their diet consists of small rodents, mainly Richardson's Ground Squirrels, augmented by Northern Pocket Gophers and Meadow Voles. They also consume insects in great numbers. This species is very beneficial to the agricultural community.
The nest of the Swainson's Hawk is usually placed in the crotch of a deciduous tree at a height of 2-15m (6-50 ft.). It is roughly constructed of sticks, twigs and lined with bark, with leafy twigs added intermittently. The usually two to four pale greenish eggs are laid in May and incubated by both sexes for 28 days. The young are capable of flight when four to five weeks old.
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beautiful shot with the hawk in its natural enviorment. I know well about the heat, yesterday it was 98 here where I am visiting in South Carolina...ouch. TFS the great photo.
This is another beautiful specie that you capture well. I like this natural environment and details. My only nit is that I miss a little catch-light but hey, this is a detail :) We had a few days like this so hot and humid but this week was rainy and very grey with 25 or so... TFS,
- [2007-07-07 9:30]
I see you have completly other weather than here in Europe. Here we are lucky to see the sun between the rainshowers.
Nice pov and nice to see the young ones in the nest. There are two of them?
Nice colours and blue sky.
ps maybe you find this also nice to look at This is a link to a young White-tailed Eagle in the nest
really is nice with great colours, sharpnees!
it is clean and lovely image!
Take care Ana:)
- [2007-07-07 11:30]
Beautiful capture.Excellent composition,the image is sharp with nice BG.
- [2007-07-07 14:41]
This week has been hectic,so I am just marking this photo for now and will visit it again soon.
- [2007-07-07 19:10]
I guess is not only Arizonans who are suffering with the heat, fantastic capture..
Great colors and details, wonderful POV and composition..
"I'll Be Back"
very nice capture,great shot.
QUelle belle prise cet animal dans son nid. les détails et la netteté sont super.
- [2007-07-08 8:38]
Great picture. Very nice compo and perfect sharpness with lovely sky.
Only minor problem (so common in raptor nest pictures) the POV makes the fledglins difficult to see.
- [2007-07-08 19:59]
Great shot , Rick . It was hot here in Claresolm , too . Hope you get lots of chances to see the chicks growing up , hint . It is so wonderful to see these birds coming back to Alberta . TFS , Kevin .