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Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon D60, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-24 15:23
Viewed: 2679
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-tailed Hawks are large hawks with typical Buteo proportions: very broad, rounded wings and a short, wide tail. Large females seen from a distance might fool you into thinking you’re seeing an eagle. (Until an actual eagle comes along.)

Most Red-tailed Hawks are rich brown above and pale below, with a streaked belly and, on the wing underside, a dark bar between shoulder and wrist. The tail is usually pale below and cinnamon-red above, though in young birds it’s brown and banded. “Dark-phase” birds are all chocolate-brown with a warm red tail. “Rufous-phase” birds are reddish-brown on the chest with a dark belly.

You’ll most likely see Red-tailed Hawks soaring in wide circles high over a field. When flapping, their wingbeats are heavy. In high winds they may face into the wind and hover without flapping, eyes fixed on the ground. They attack in a slow, controlled dive with legs outstretched – much different from a falcon’s stoop.

The Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of open country. Look for it along fields and perched on telephones poles, fenceposts, or trees standing alone or along edges of fields.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-07-24 18:20]

Wow, Wow, Wow. Just look at the details, the color sharpness and the clear eye. This is a very good photo. This is a bird that has eluded my lens. I'm glad to see you back.

hi Bill,
though the light-condition seems was not good enough for the shot, and hence has affected the photograph, but such a mood that you have captured! wow! even that catch-light is also there in the eye. a lovely take. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-25 2:34]

Hi Bill,a unlucky situation for the light but a very good result whit good details and colors,i like the imposing perspective and the pose.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hello Bill,
simply a superb picture taken from a good angle,
great sharpness.
tfs and best wishes,

Hi Bill
Wonderful capture of this beautiful species.Great close composition,wonderful colours and details.Thank You.
Have a great day!
Best regards

Hi Bill,
really interesting photo of this bird. Excellent point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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