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Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS, Digital ISO 400, Hoya HMC UV(0)
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-19 20:14
Viewed: 5859
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
PARABUTEO UNICINCTUS - Harris Hawk (UK/US), Buse de Harris (Fr)
The Harris' hawk is a medium-sized, tropical or semitropical hawk, widely distributed from the US-Mexico border south to Chile and Argentina.

It is one of the most remarkable birds of prey, because it has a unique behaviour pattern. These birds hunt in family groups, in much the same way as wolves hunt in packs. Each group consists of a pair, with a dominant female, and several helpers. When they sight their prey from the air, they land on the ground and take turns to scare the prey animal until it darts out from its hiding place and is captured by another member of the hunting pack. This seems to be an adaptation to flush out their prey from beneath the thorny habitats of mesquite, saguaro and semi-arid woodland without causing damage to the birds' plumage.

When the prey has been captured, the bird adopts a posture known as mantling, shielding the prey with the wings in an apparent attempt to hide it from other birds. The main types of prey include rabbits, rodents, snakes, lizards and other birds.

Info from this site.
This shot was taken during a hawking show in the "Château des Milandes", primarely known for having been Josephine Baker's residence. It's a museum now, where many souvenirs are displayed.
Shot in sport mode. PP includes cropping, levels, sharpening (USM: 170-0,7-0).

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-19 20:28]
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Bonjour Jean-Michel voici une photographie comme je les aime, saisie en plein vol cette buse est magnifique, de belles couleurs contrastées une lumière splendide et une très haute définition, le cadrage...parfait !

Je note que vous avez utiliser le mode sport sur la canon 20D et les résultats sont impressionnants, je ferai des essais très bientôt !

Merci du partage,

Hi Jean Michel,
An excellent capture on this Harris Hawk. Perfect stop action shot showing every detail. The DOF is perfect, getting everything in good focus. The color is amazing. Nice Shot!

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-19 23:35]

Superbe image qui met bien en évidence la puissance naturelle de ce rapace.
1/2000, ouverture f/7.1 la lumière était importante, non ? J'aime beauoup l'attiude de l'oiseau, ailes baissées lors de son vol et qui laisse apparaître nettement sa tête.

Bravo auteur.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-20 3:00]

Hi Jean Michel,
Great shot of this bird in action.
Very crisp shot.
I like your composition.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-08-20 3:31]

good shot!
composition, sharpness..

Hello Jean Michel

Wow... How I wish this shot was mine! Perfect in every way. No nits here. Thanks.

Excellent capture, Jean-Michel.
Very good timing, great colour and details.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-20 4:42]

De retour de vacances aussi ? La moisson de photos semble bonne ;-) Joli cliché pour cette buse en plein vol, le mouvement est beau. Compliments Jean Michel.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-20 8:23]

Hello Jean!
Wonderful in flight capture.POV,details,position of wings and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-20 8:38]

Hello Jean!
Great action capture.POV,colours and clear are wonderful.
Thanks for posting...

Thsi is a great in-flight, Jean Michel.
Very good exposure and details. Well composed and good POV.
You did a excellent job.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-20 13:42]

wauw, Jean Michel,
fantastic capture here, Great in pof and the details are super, I like it very much, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-20 13:50]

Good shot! This is not an easy catch. Composition is perfect. Exposure is decent (I only believe you have a burnt spot on the tail). Well done & TFS!


Hello Jean Michel,

This is an interesting bird and you have captured him very well!

Beautiful feather details, and profile view.

Amazing how you have managed to get such wonderful, sharp focus throughout this action shot.

Superb posting, TFS.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-21 21:57]

Jean Michel, I know these shots are not easy, but you did great.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. I do enjoy pose/flight. The expression of the bird is great too. A powerful shot with a great impact.

Hi Jean Michel! We have a Harris Hawk here in the U.S., too, but I think it's a different species altogether. This is a really nice capture. The hawk's interesting posture and the point of view from behind work well together. Lovely tones on the hawk itself, too. Nice work!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-08-31 5:35]

great in-flight shot. good timing and focus on subject. tfs

beautiful photo very good the contrast and the sharpness of the image, is not easy shot to the flight and you you have been very good

Bonsoir Jean Michel,
Saisir en plein vol, c'est une prouesse pour moi. Il faudrait que j'essaie aussi le mode sport.
Joli mouvement des ailes, cliché d'une superbe qualité.
Merci du partage.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-14 22:24]

Appréciation personnelle pour la photo: superbe. Je crois qu'un des meilleurs compliments que nous puissions dire à un autre photographe au sujet d'une de ses photos c'est que nous aurions aimé la prendre nous-même.
Pouvoir d'évocation en moi: énorme.
Superbe impact visuel.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente.
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète.
Merci Jean-Michel. Bon weekend!

Hello Jean Michel. Great shot good timing, and colour. TFS!Eyal.

Magnificent shot of this beautiful raptor. I like everything about this shot. Felicitations on this captured moment Jean Michel. Paul :)

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