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Sunrise Swainson's Hawk

Sunrise Swainson's Hawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-07 18:00
Viewed: 3741
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
This will be my last post for awhile, the next two nights I have to catch up
on critiques then we are off to the mountains of Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park. I'll leave you with this image from yesterday morning of a Swainson's Hawk trying to decide which Richardson's Ground Squirrel to eat for breakfast.

Swainson's Hawk
Family: Accipitridae

Description 18-22" (46-56 cm). W. 4' 1" (1.2 m). A large hawk, uniform brown above, white below with warm-brown breast; tail dark brown and indistinctly banded. Longer, more pointed wings than Red-tailed Hawk. Young bird similar to immature Red-tail, but tends to have darker markings on the breast, whereas young Red-tails are more heavily marked on flanks and belly. A rare all-dark form also occurs. Soars with wings held in shallow V.

Habitat Open plains, grasslands, and prairies.

Nesting 2-4 white eggs, unmarked or lightly spotted with brown or black, in a large nest of sticks, often placed conspicuously in an isolated tree.

Range Breeds across much of western United States south to northern Mexico and Texas; locally in Alaska, Yukon, and Mackenzie. Winters chiefly in tropics, but small numbers winter in Florida.

Voice Long, plaintive, whistled kreee.

Discussion Named after the English naturalist William Swainson (1789-1855), this species is highly gregarious, often migrating in great soaring flocks of thousands of birds. Its migrations are longer than those of other species; most individuals go all the way to Argentina to spend the winter, making a round trip of as much as 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometers). On its breeding grounds on the Great Plains, this hawk preys mainly on rodents and huge numbers of grasshoppers.

from eNature.com

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Perfect shot!
Excellent sharpness. Details are well visualized.
Thanks for sharing this amazing photo.


hello Rick

great close-up photo of this hawk shot with fine POV
and appropriate framing, superb focus great sharpness
and details even of its eye, excellent eye-contact, TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-06-07 21:29]

Gorgeous shot of this raptor, Rick!
The light is beautiful.
Great pose of this hawk perched on the post,
daring you to mess with his breakfast routine.
Wonderful details.
TFS. : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-07 21:35]

Hello Rick,
A superb shot!
This is a fine portait of Swainson's Hawk, the POV and pose being classic with excellent sharpness and colours against a nice blue sky.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Fantastic shot with great light, it pays off to wake up early ;).


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-07 22:55]

Hello Rick
Simply but a top quality one.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-06-08 0:17]

Great work friend
outstanding image ...
saludos Rick

superb shot , nice compo, beautiful bird

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-08 1:40]

Hi Rick,
Very beautiful photo of this Swainson's Hawk. One of the best photos of this hawk I've ever seen. Superb sharpness and details. Wonderful natural colours and a great POV, blue BG and composition.

Hello rick,
This one is a real proud beauty.:)
excellent pose, beautiful lighting and good feather details.
Thanks and Regards,

perfect pic (as usual), greetings Ori

Hi Rick!
Excellent light, very good composition, outstanding sharpness!!! Congrats!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-08 3:30]

Hi Rick
Amazing shot!
Details are perfect!
Great POV and BG!

I love this photo. Great sharpness, great POV. Love the background colour. Perfect picture. TFS


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-06-08 4:43]

HI Rick , wow! perfect portrait of this Hawk , great details , with good color and composition.

beautiful bird.

Hello Rick,
Excellent shot! Very good sharpness, excellent details, natural colors and I like the pose of the hawk. Well done!

I too got one of these when it was just about to "drop" in on "LUNCH".
Shall post it someday...
Any way this one I'm viewing is PERFECTION!!!
Have a great holiday.
Best regards,
P.S. My HP Pavilion zd8000 got toasted... had to get another one... G71 this time.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-09 1:08]

Hello Rick,
it's a wonderful majestic bird with excellent sharpness as usual. The blue BG is a pretty contrast.Best regards Siggi

Hi MF Rick,

Amazingly high quality shot of a this magnificent beauty in a lovely posture from lateral POV.
The colours, composition, exposure and sharpness are all great!
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-09 7:10]

Hello Rick,
An excellent capture of this elegant bird of prey! Wonderful light and very fine details and colours of this beauty.
Many thanks and enjoy your trip! Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-13 7:01]

Hello Rick,
this is a real pose by the powerful bird of prey. You have captured it at the best time and you also have detailed the features so well. The plumage is so exciting with light hitting it.
The pattern on the wooden trunk make the beauty stunning against the soft blue sky.
well presented composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-20 6:34]

Hi Rick.
It is a very impressive picture of the beautiful bird. Its details and even state of mood are reproduced excellently. I also like precise composition of the image and evening warm sunlight. My best wishes and TFS.

Hello Rick
Congratulations for the beautiful photo, excellent POV, sharpness and contrast
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-06-24 23:11]

Hello Rick,

What a moment, what a pleasure for a photographer these lovely bird to get for your lens.
Wonderful done. TFS.

Best regards,

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