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Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 IF-ED VR+TC1.7EII
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-05 19:24
Viewed: 6516
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Harris's Hawk or Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) formerly known as the Bay-winged Hawk or Dusky Hawk, is a medium-large bird of prey which breeds from the southwestern United States south to Chile and central Argentina. Birds are sometimes reported at large in Western Europe, especially Britain, but it is a popular species in falconry and these records almost certainly all refer to escapes from captivity.

It is the only member of the genus Parabuteo. The name is derived from the Greek para, meaning beside, near or like, and the Latin buteo, referring to a kind of buzzard; uni meaning once; and cinctus meaning girdled, referring to the white band at the tip of the tail. John James Audubon gave this bird its English name in honor of his ornithological companion, financial supporter, and friend Edward Harris. The Harris Hawk is notable for its behavior of hunting cooperatively in "packs", consisting of family groups while most other raptors hunt in solitary

The juvenile Harris Hawk is mostly streaked with buff, and appears much lighter than the dark adults. When in flight, the undersides of the juveniles' wings are buff-colored with brown streaking. They can look unlike adults at first glance, but the identical chestnut plumage is an aid for identification


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Despite the difficult conditions an impressive photo Luis! Very good composition, wonderful colors and great sharpness. Fantastic bird too!

Hi Luis,

Unfavourable lighting here but you have done a sterling job with this fine image, impressive detailed sharpness, good point of view with this lovely and intriguing pose, splendid and well balanced composition, excellent work here Luis and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hi Luis,
thanks for showing us this very interesting hawk. your picture is quite good but I find it a little grey in colours.

Hello Luis,
Excellent photo document for this Hawk species, very good sharp photo and useful description!
Regards, Joska

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-06 1:10]

Hello Luis,
Beautiful photo of this impressive Harris's Hawk. The pose with eye contact is fascinating. Good sharpness. With more contrast the colours become more vivid. Very nice composition.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-06 1:39]

Hello Luis,
great capture of this beauty! Excellent sharpness, detail, POV and ambientation; splendid eye contact and beautiful natural colours. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-12-06 2:11]

Hola Luis,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Harris Hawk ..
Superb eye focus and great clarity. Well composed too.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-06 11:13]

Hi Luis,great capture,i like this strange and a little funny position,it seems an old man...eehehe...fantastic sharpness,colors and light balance,very well done!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-12-06 11:39]

Olá Luis,
Grandiosa imagem muito bem trabalhada com detalhes ótimo, qualidade e nitidez bela, meus parabéns gosto muito da composição aplicado nesta foto.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-06 12:37]

Hello Luis.
Beautiful sharp patterns in the feathers and a great pose. Excellent light and natural colours. Good composition and DOF.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Luis
I missed you around the site, and was wondering if you also packed your bags and left so some other place. Please do not even consider it. The site is awful without people like you, and so many has already left.

Absolute great photography in spite of bad light. Everything is still just so beautiful. Thanks for sharing a wonderful image. The Harris's Hawk is a stunning bird of prey. Best regards.

Wonderful shot Luis. Very good colours in this. It's nice to see the branches for a background. I'm glad you managed to get the whole tailfeather in the picture. The DOF is very good at keeping the whole bird in focus. Well shot! TFS Trevor

Bonjour Luis,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle attitude sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Luis

Great shot of Harris Hawk with fine POV
and framing, great focus sharpness and details
of all the bird, i love that expressive eyes.



Sr. Luis, co está usted?... veo que no baja el nivel y sus trabajos hacen la delicia de esta web.
Gran realismo y preciosos colores.
Te deseo que pases unas buenas fiestas Navideñas en compañía de tu familia, paz y prosperidad.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor i Boned.

hermoso retrato de Parabuteo unicinctus,Luis
donde se puede ver bien la impresionante fuerza de las garras que usa para atrapar a sus presas
merry Christmas sERGIO

hello Luis
very nice composition with good details

Merry christmas to you and your Family

greeting lou

Hello Luis,
Excellent close up of this bird of prey taken with great sharp details and natural colours. I also like the eye contact.
Best wishes,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-12-25 18:12]

Querido amigo Luis,
Feliz Navidad para ti y toda tu familia!
Que bela foto! Como siempre tu logras una imagen magnifica con grand nitidez y mismo si las condiciones no estan ideales la foto está muy linda.Bravo!
Hei leído el comentario de Anna y estoy totalmente de acuerdo con él: seria una grande pérdida tu partida de eso sitio.Espero que tu no lo hagas nunca!
Un abrazo de tu amiga de Brasil,
PS: gracias por tus amables palavras en mi ultima foto! Muy gentil!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-12-25 22:59]

Hi Luis.
What an impressive picture of an amazing specimen of the bird. Its pose, look and all other attractive features are fine. I like superb details of the main character, correct and refined reproduction of surroundings. Your lens combination is perfect. Happy Holiday Season and warm wishes.

Olá Luis,
Excelente fotografia, com uma nitidez e defenição incrível!!!
Gostei imenso de visitar a tua Galeria e como não podia deixar de ser, és um dos meus autores favoritos.
Cumprimentos, João Edgar.

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