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Huge wings

Huge wings
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm finepix 4700
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/2 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II), My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-24 6:50
Viewed: 5061
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken: Bird of prey sanctuary, Glouscester

Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)

Length: 18 inches Wingspan: 43 inches
Sexes similar
Large, long-tailed, broad-winged hawk
Short, dark, hooked beak with yellow cere
White uppertail coverts

Chocolate-brown head, neck, back, and belly
Chestnut underwing coverts and leg feathers
Dark flight feathers above and below
Chestnut upperwing has dark centers to many of the feathers
White undertail coverts
Black tail with white base and terminal band

Chocolate-brown head and neck with sparse pale streaking
White belly streaked with chocolate-brown
Leg feathers pale with chestnut barring
Upperwing and underwing coverts chestnut, with dark centers to many of the feathers
Pale bases to primaries create pale patch in outer wing
Dark tail with narrrow white base and terminal band

Similar species:
Dark plumage, chestnut wing coverts, black tail with white base and terminal band eliminate all other hawks.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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A difficult photo to capture, good on you for trying.
I think a higher shutter speed and a fill flash could have helped.
I love the mood though, well done.

Other than missing a bit of the tail in this shot, it is a very nice compostition with an excellent POV. Nice lighting and excellent capture of the hawk's attentitiveness on it's handler. There is some noise, but not as bad as in some previous posts. The color is good, you might try tweaking the contrast levels a bit. I love the expression and the flare of the wing feathers. Good work & good notes. TFS

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