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Copyright: Jax Westmoreland (Jax) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 100-300mm, Skylight
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-12 20:55
Viewed: 7735
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yeah I know I said I wouldn't but I went back and couldn't resist this gorgeous creature.
In case you missed it the first time, ferruginous refers to the reddish colour of the wing & leg feathers, from Latin word for rust - ferrugo. Buteo regalis, means "regal (or royal) hawk". Native to North America.
Length 56-69cm
Wingspan 135-150cm
Weight 960-2070g
Breeding from 2 years (lifespan 20). Habitat - are open areas, such as grasslands, shrublands & deserts or the outer edges of forests. They occasionally roost in groups. Trees are the preferred nesting sites, but this is not always possible & nests are made on rocky ledges or hillsides. Ground nesting sites are particularly at risk from coyotes & foxes. The same nests are often used each year, being added to until they are of similar size to a Golden Eagles nest. 3 or 4 eggs are laid, with two days between each, the incubation period is between 28-32 days & both parents take turns in incubating. The young are fully fledged from around 38 - 50 days after hatching & will stay with the parents for up to a further 6 weeks. Young males often leave the nest earlier than females (but still bring their washing home to mum even after my subtle hint last time!)
Prey is mainly rodents such as rabbits, gophers, prairie dogs & ground squirrels. They will also take small birds, snakes, lizards & sometimes insects, such as locusts & grasshoppers (often taken in flight). Hunting takes place throughout the day, though it is normally concentrated in the cooler periods of the early morning & late afternoon, when their main prey is more active. Apart from attacking the prey from flight, they often standing waiting at the entrance to the burrow of the prey (e.g. prairie dogs) & wait for the prey to come out. In strong winds, they have been observed hovering in order to find their prey. As well as communal roosting, they will sometimes hunt in pairs or as a part of a group.

She's still at the rescue centre but doing very well indeed.

Cropped, sharpened and sized for TN.

RAP, ellis49, AndyB, poppygan59, gerhardt, mogens-j, carper, jhm, Signal-Womb, PDP, japie, extramundi, tgdusty, TAZ, danbachmann, Jeppe, touristdidi, Luc, Fisher, Mazer, Lesley, ljsugarnspice, timonejoon has marked this note useful
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Magnificent capture. Details are amazing, even the wetness of the tongue was captured very well. It might just be me but perhaps the left eye should be dodged lightly to reveal more detail in there.

Great capture Jan.
Very good sharpness with good details, nice colours
and a good composition.
It's a pity that the birds right eye is in the shadow,
but it can be fixed with PP in PS.
I dare to make a WS of your beautiful picture.
Good note.
Well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-13 7:05]

Espectacular imagen Jax.
La calidad de imagen, la nitidez en el pico y lengua son asombrosos.
El colorido natural (en este caso no estoy de acuerdo con el Workshop, ya que los colores allí no se ven tan naturales).
Excelente composicion con un perfecto encuadre.

Spectacular image Jax.
The quality of image, the clearness in the peak and language are amazing.
The natural colorful (in this case I am not in agreement with the Workshop, since the colors are not seen there so natural).
Excellent composition with a perfect frame.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-13 8:23]

A marvelous shot.
Beautifully detailed and with great composition and DoF.
A great note too.
Excellent work,very well done.

This is just an incredable shot. You nailed it but good. Congrats on a beautiful photo.

Exceptional capture. That wet tongue is unique. The eye very detailed. The darker left side is a minor nit. Great work.

Great capture of a wonderful creature Jax. The way it looks at you almost hypnotize you. Really a amazing bird with wonderful colours and you capture it in a very nice way. The note is very informative too.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-13 12:04]

Great head Jax,
I love the composition, with the good details and the great colours. It's only a shame that you don't Have capture the other side with good light. But it's very good, My compliments for it.

Wonderful detailed picture. Especially the eyes and the colors are great.

Excellent shot.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-13 12:30]

Extraordinarily lovely, Jax, details are amazing, even the wetness of the tongue was captured very well. Great photographer, my compliments!

Wonderful and very beautiful capture. Excellent composition, splendid colour and contrast and sharpness. Well done Jax.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-13 13:55]

Oh my! Fantastic shot Jax. It has so much clarity and detail. I think you've done a marvellous job here, especially with the shadows and bright feathers. Good work.

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2004-09-13 14:02]

Superbe photo avec cette langue brillante, très nette très belle

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-13 14:26]

No ways I will miss these guys if I can help it. I immediately recognised him. Very beautiful - wish it was mine. I will drop you a mail NOW

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-13 15:42]

Pease keep these coming - they are stunning. This is going to my favourites.

WOW, this is an amazing shot, the quality is excelent and the light and shadows superb. I would love to see the high res of this one.

Magnific photo,what a capture ,excellent sharp details
Well done

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-14 13:36]

Compliments pour cette magnifique photo de ce bel aigle au regard impressionnant. La qualité photographie est excellente !
Very well done !

Your bird portraits have come out great and my praise sort of generically applies to all of them - tight, well composed, colorful and clean.

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  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2004-09-15 17:02]

Wow - you surely got the eye for those birds of prey - and it got one for you as well - excellent and amazing details you got on this image - I like the little reflection on the tonque - thanks Jax, for sharing this very fine work.

looks like one tough ole bird! I wouldn't mess with her!

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  • zoe00 (2)
  • [2004-09-22 9:57]

Superbe photo avec beaucoup de détail.

Wow ! quelle image , quel piqué ! magnifique bravo !

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-03 16:58]

Awesome pic. You captured a Million bucks.
Amazing. I love our hawks, I can sit and watch them all day long. This one unfortunately is west, two provinces over from Ontario. Close in resemblance to our Redtail Hawk, no stripes on head and dark.

Buteos, [Buzzard Hawks] subfamily Buteoninae.
Large thick-set hawks with broad wings and wide rounded tails. Habitually soar high in wide circles. Just some extra info. To your excelent note.


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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2004-11-03 19:35]

Absolutly Stunning. Thanks for the usefull note and sharing this.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-11-06 14:56]

What a perfect shot! Great timing , composition, color, exposure, focus...just WOW!

Magnifique !

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-06 7:20]

What a beautifull image! very nice colours & clear details, sharpness & dof are great.
Very well done!


Incredible shot. Just great. absolutely sharp and detailed. TFS

This shot has been well captured.
Image is very sharp and love the wetness on the tongue.

Composition is just wonderfull !!!
It goes to my favourite :)
Very good pic.


A devine image!

Beautifully detailed and with great composition.

amazing face portrait, TFS Ori

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