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Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel T2, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-26 22:39
Viewed: 1769
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Truly was an amazing moment for me. It was nearing sunset, it happened directly in front of me; a splash, swoop and flap to a tree a good distance away! Little did I know what was captured, saw the "writhing" and thought it was a snake.

Watched the Red tailed Hawk nest live this past year at Cornell's live Cam site. Red tailed hawk cam This was the first time I have seen them in the wild up close and REAL! Please feel free to search the link to learn more about Red tailed Hawks in the online species guide.

Will upload some more candid shots of this moment in the workshop. The light at the bottom of the workshop
photo is the top of the railing of the fence.

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Hi Brenda,
nice bird. Very good use of light. Excellent composition and presentation.
Have a nice Sunday,

Ciao Brenda, great capture of lovely rapax and its prey, excellent sharpness, fwonderful colors, splendid light and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Brenda,

A really good impressive shot,good clarity and colours. You have captured the moment well. It seems to have found it's supper just in time.
Thanks for sharing, regards Bill.

Awesome capture of the Hawk with its prey, Brenda.
The light is in your favor to capture the action with flawless clarity and you have done it wonderfully well.
Thanks and regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-01-27 5:47]

Hello Brenda,
This is a very fine bird-picture! Love the composition, the fine light and the most interesting situation. Very well done indeed!
Kind regards

Nice hawk pic brenda. BG is also lovely. TFS. ..... Nitin

Hello brenda,
perfect moment.
beautiful light.
good composition.
superb colour.
best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-27 11:31]

Hi Brenda,great capture in a curious pose,i like the great exposure and the perfect details,very rich and nice composition too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-27 11:49]

Hello Brenda,
Indeed a fascinating moment. You were very lucky.
Good photo in beautiful natural colours and fine sharpness. The prey is a big bonus.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-01-27 12:00]

Great Brenda
what an action
good sharpness and best framing possible out of the original pic

Hello Brenda,
I too would have been excited to come upon a sight like this in the wild. It is a rarity to see a raptor with it's prey up close like this. I could probably count on one hand the mumber of times I've see a hawk with something in it's talons.
Looks like you also captured some water droplets coming off of the rodent which makes it even more interesting. Nicely composed image and I like the intense look the hawk has on it's face.
Not sure, but white balance might be off just a tad as the BG seems to have a bit of purplish hue to it.
Hope you don't mind but I wanted to try a WS on this beauty.

Hi Brenda
It sounds like you were very excited about this photo as you should be. The water droplets are proof you captured the moment. Great POV and DOV. I really like the light you caught him in and the pose.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-28 5:55]

Fine capture of this hawk with a rat...good lighting. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-05 0:48]

Hello Brenda
nice capture of the hawk and a pleasant rendition of the ring bokeh in the background. such a lovely presentation of diagonal branches giving a lively graphical view.
Nice and fabulous shot.


Hello Brenda,
Excellent photograph of this Red-tailed Hawk, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting,

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