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Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Copyright: Bob Williams (bikefifty) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BIRDS OF AMERICA, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III), Photos on TrekNature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-20 7:17
Viewed: 2987
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Sharp-shinned Hawk had just finished eating dinner, a Mourning Dove, in the tree in our back yard. We see this hawk and a Cooper's Hawks during the winter. It is difficult to tell the two apart. The cooper's hawk is larger and has a more rounded tail than the Sharp-shinned.

From Wikipedia:

The northern group is easily mistaken for the slightly larger and lankier Cooper's Hawk, which match the "Sharpies" in plumage. In flight, the Cooper's, with its longer wings and larger head, is sometimes compared to a "flying cross"; whereas the broader-winged and smaller-headed Sharp-shinned is described as a "flying mallet".


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Hi Bob,
Excellent capture of this Sharp-shinned Hawk; great POV and composition, sharp fine details and good BG.

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