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Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered 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: 2012-10-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-10-12 8:44
Viewed: 1894
Points: 10
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that was my second sighting of a Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). in my 'treasure island'. and this time, the bird was so close to me! i was standing very near to this tree but without knowing that the bird was hiding (and waiting) down.. inside the bushes. i left the place after some time and while looking back.. found a HUGE, BEAUTIFUL bird of prey.. this one.. as if rising up from the marshland! it perched on the tree i was very near to just a while back. and with my camera in my hands, i stood there.. motionless.. in total admiration and awe. such dignity and attitude! WOW!

well, tried to capture some satisfactory shots. but due to those nearby branches couldn't get a proper DoF. except only this camouflage! :)

people, you should see this bird while flying! the patterns of its wings create a magnificent view then.
someday, would like to photograph this bird while in flight.. but not very sure.. don't get to see this royal beauty on everyday.. but still, it's a dream.

to quote All About Birds, "Whether wheeling over a swamp forest or whistling plaintively from a riverine park, a Red-shouldered Hawk is typically a sign of tall woods and water. Itís one of our most distinctively marked common hawks, with barred reddish-peachy underparts and a strongly banded tail. In flight, translucent crescents near the wingtips help to identify the species at a distance. These forest hawks hunt prey ranging from mice to frogs and snakes."

once again, i adore my experience with this bird :)

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Ciao Ruby, great capture of lovely hawk, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Ruby
very nice composition with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-12 12:17]

Hello Ruby,
Excellent picture. Nice detail and feather colors. I love this pose . The eyes are incredible. Great focus, top-notch work here.Best regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-12 18:40]

Hello Ruby,
How fortunate you were to come upon this gorgeous Red-shouldered Hawk. He posed perfectly for you in what appears to be a Black Locust tree.
I love the nice eye contact and the way he is cautiously looking over his shoulder. It's colorful and soft looking plumage keeps it well camouflaged and is very pretty to say the least. You are correct, they are very beautiful while inflight. I would be thrilled to be able to capture a fine shot like this. Congratulations!!

Very good shot Ruby. You are so lucky to get a shot of any animal with such good background of branches. Just a pleasure to see this guy. You've framed the shot beautifuly. Trevor

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