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Which Hawk?

Which Hawk?
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 70D, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/3.5 DI VC USD, 95mm UV
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-02-20 22:50
Viewed: 1774
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There's a Red-tailed Hawk here (quite a common Hawk, in this part of Massachusetts..) that keeps coming to our locality. But I have a doubt if this one is a Red-tailed Hawk, too! Actually, there is also another type of Hawk that we get to see here (with no red tail! Cooper?).. so, not sure which one is this, as I couldn't see the tail of this bird.
Any help please??

This photograph was taken two or three days back.. the bird, sitting on this pear tree.. adjacent to my building.

Sorry, there's a camera shake, the photograph is a bit blurred. It was sunset time.. the bird was basking or don't know.. but appeared to be very composed; in no hurry!! :)

Thanks for viewing. :)

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To tuslaw: The Hawkrubyfantacy 1 02-22 21:29
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Hello Ruby,

Nice to read your own "Critique" in your 'Note'. Sorry, I can't help you about it's ID, but can encourage you to post more picture here in TN.

I like this bird...details on blackish feather is good. To me accuracy doesn't matter here all time.....where we are in the same boat.

Best wishes and have a nice WE,

Hello Ruby,
Nice to see you are still taking photos, in spite of the harsh weather that has been hitting the east coast this winter. As you already stated the focus is just a tad soft due to motion, but still a nice shot of this pretty hawk. Perched in an attractive manner it gave you a good look at it's wing, breast and facial features. Beautiful slate gray wings, rufous colored barring on it's chest and bright red eyes make it quite attractive.
I am definitely not an expert on hawks, but I am guessing a Coopers or even possibly a Sharp-shinned. Without seeing the tail and not knowing it's size this is the best I can come up with. Here is a site that you might want to check, as it displays a photo of both birds side by side.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-02-21 23:02]

Hi Ruby,i don't know the exact name of this specie,but the pic is truly nice,an excellent work despite the distance,the difficult light and the location too,great winter shot,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Ruby,
La mise au point et/ou la profondeur de champ ne me paraissent pas très bonnes mais le sujet est tout de même relativement bien valorisé dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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