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Tough Times
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-06 19:24
Viewed: 3226
Points: 50
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Seems like it's been a long while since we've seen bare ground here in Northeast Ohio. The snow and ice have kept our part of the state in a deep freeze for quite some time now.

I photographed this Red-tailed Hawk today while it was scavaging on the rotting carcass of a road kill deer. I would imagine it is getting pretty hard for the predators to find available food since everything is covered under a thick layer of ice.

The population of birds of prey seems to be rising over the last couple of years. I have noticed more hawks in the area as well as buzzards. I actually quit raising Roller Pigeons, because the Cooper Hawks were getting to them whenever I would let them out to fly.

There has been an almost totally white colored Red-tailed hawk hanging around the area for the last four years, which I've been keeping keeping a close watch on. I have gotten a few shots of it, but nothing that I've been satisfied with. Hopefully this year it will return and I can capture some decent images.

For more information on Red-tailed Hawks click here

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Amazing capture! TFS!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-06 21:30]

Hi Ron.
What a nice bird and a very impressive moment you managed to catch. I like pictured scene at whole, it is simply and fine. Exposure of the image, details of the bird and its attractive "stage" are excellent as well as composition of the picture. Kind regards and TFS.

Impressive photo Ron. The POV, the composition, the colours, the light, and the sharpness are excellent.

Hi Ron,
Absolutely excellent image of this activity and an interesting note. The detail on the bird and its expression, with the uplifted wings, are marvellous. Well done.

Hi MF Ron,
An excellent winter nature shot. The clarity superb! The proper DOF has blurred the background well and your shutter speed has frozen the action well. A nicely balanced composition indeed.
TFS and have a nice new week!

hello Ron

great close-up photo of the Red-tailed Hawk
shot at the best moment with that pose,
fine POV, superb focus great sharpness details,



Ciao Ron, great macro of hawk in the snow, wondeful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi ROn - a very good capture. the BG has given the photo a lively feel to it. Fantastic sharpness and good POV. TFS

Hi Ron,
very nice photo of this Hawk in winter environment. Very nice dynamic pose of this bird. Very good sharpness and point of view,
thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-07 11:41]
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Hello Ron,
Excellent photo in splendid colours and very good sharpness and details. Greattiming of the bird in this pose. Taken from the best POV in a fantastic composition. A beauty!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-08 1:35]

Hello Ron,
extra ordinary shot with an excellent quality, both in the bird and carcass all around it.Its amazing,loved the picture.Best regards Siggi

An exceptional photo with the subject standing out nicely from the white background.

Hello Ron,
An excellent image, great timing and pose. I like fine details, natural colours and perfect POV. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-09 3:49]
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Hello Ron,
this is simply amazing shot. The view is fully detailed with the features and characteristics o the bird.
the stance and the expression is excellent. Very well captured composition and the moment of its wings wide opened is something extra special.
What a momnet ot view.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-09 11:43]

Hi Ron,this pic is a fantastic artwork,very usefull talking about the hawk,and very spectaculat talking about the composition.Very impressive quality of sharpness and colors in a perfect white very well balanced.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Ron,

Wow, that's a spectacular shot! Great detail and color in the bird. Looks like the deer carcass has been worked over well. Coyotes?

We have quite a lot of raptors here in the winter too. Up until last week when the blizzard dumped on us, we had several Short-eared and Long-eared Owls nearby, but the deep snow has driven them off, too deep for good hunting.

A side note: our native vultures aren't properly called buzzards, but I know that a lot of people do incorrectly call them by that name. The term "buzzard" is properly applied to many species of Old World birds.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-02-10 16:09]

Hola Ron.
Really really beautiful photo my friend. this is the kind of photos that I would like to have in My gallery.
Excellent work done here Ron. It is not an easy job to have this great photo when a lot of light in BGs.

Hallo Ron,
what a fantastic capture of the Red-tailed Hawk taken from an excellent POV with great timing in a spectacular posture, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, very well done
Best regards

Hello Ron, superb image capture and fantastic. Really nice detail and the ability that you had to control the exposition. A large image of this predator and a very special moment in his life. All the best, Paul

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-02-15 11:23]

Hello Ron,
It's natural and perfect taken scene. Although white snow mix with white sky I think it don't disturb here.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Ron
what a great timing and what a great capture of pretty Hawk on snow. focus, POV/DOF and white balance excellent. nicely composed. It is similar to some buzzard species here and different from our hawks. nice to know this beautiful raptor species.
thanks for sharing this beauty. well done
friendly regards

Ciao Ron. Great capture in exciting fascinating environment.


cold and so impressive, TFS Ori

Hello ron,

another very nice image from the same bird and pose.
Great shot and well managing the WB.
Fine natural colors.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2011-03-16 9:34]


A beautiful nature image with a difficult exposure situation handled very well. Fine detail and sharpness!

Very Nicely Done!


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