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Juvenile Redtail Hawk

Juvenile Redtail Hawk
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Copyright: shelley penner (shyanni) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 41 N: 163] (840)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Lumix Teleconversion 1.5X
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-07-20 14:09
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 11
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I took this photo earlier in the year. This young Redtail Hawk had been hunting in the wet, slushing snow, and was drying its feathers. Redtail Hawks do not get their red tail feathers until they reach sexual maturity. The bird posed quite calmly for several minutes while I took a number of photos. Unfortunately the light was dismal, as it usually is during our west coast winters, and the images turned out quite grainy. But I love the pose and thought it was worth sharing.

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Beautiful Photograph, cheer


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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-20 14:55]

Hi Shelley,
Good picture, very interesting pose and composition. I know about the noise. I have a similar camera (FZ30) and it takes beautiful pictures if you have the proper light. Half of my posting are pictures taken with it, but all of them at ISO80. If you have patience try RAW format; it gives you more room for editing.
Regards, Mario

Hello Shelly a super shot fine focus good feather detail nice clean background free from distraction, excellent exposure for details even in the snow a very difficult shot to expose for needing the widest dynamic range. tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Shelley,
Wonderful shot with great pose of the hawk, nice light background against wich the bird does stand out perfectly, very good exposure with nice details in the fethar and the snow, but there is so much color noise in especially the darker feathers of the hawk that it does lett the image a little down.
Hopefully this is because of post processing and the original image is without that distraction.
Very nice shot anyway.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards and have a great weekend,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-20 16:14]

Hi Shelley,

You caught this hawk in the most fantastic pose! Those feathers are spread like a fan! Very good timing! I love the eye - he seems to be looking straight at the snow. I have the same problem with noise.


Hi Shelley
The compo and the posture of the bird are so great that I had to try a WS.

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