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Biding Time

Biding Time
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 20:08
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
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During late fall this refuge has numerous hawks like this Red Tail. There are also lots of great egrets in the refuge hunting small rodents. The hawks sit and watch the egrets who seem to be better and more patient hunters than the hawks. We witnessed, on numerous occasions, an egret nabbing a small rodent and instantaneously a hawk would swoop in and slam the egret and snatch the prey. That would make a nice shot!!! ...doubt that I will ever capture it though.


The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a medium-sized bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk." It breeds almost throughout North America from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America.

The Red-tailed Hawk is successful in large part because it tolerates a wide range of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, coniferous and deciduous forests, tropical rainforests, agricultural fields and urban areas. It lives throughout the North American continent, except in areas of unbroken forest or the high arctic.It is also legally protected in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918


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Hi Evelynn
This guy looks very familiar.Very nice capture of this red tail. Great dark background makes him stand out nicely.
Very well done,TFS

beautiful pic! TFS Ori

Hello Evelynn,
Good pose of the Red-Tailed Hawk well captured!
excellent sharpness, natural colour and details in the shot!
the darker bg makes it so outstanding!
well done

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-15 22:07]

Hi Evelynnn
Beautiful presentation and pose
Lovely color and light
Nice sharp detail
Excellent capture
tfs jon

Hello Evelynn
WOW! this is a fantastic capture, so sharp and clear, very nice composition and good pov, fantastic colors and contrast, beautiful details and great regal pose.

Hello Evelynn. The bird is so nicely perched on that timber. Well captured in excellent sharpness and details. I like the tall grass in the foreground adding the graphics to the composition. Regards. Jusni

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-03-15 23:28]


I see them a lot and never get close enough for a decent shot. Well seen and well Captured.


Very nice shot of this red tailed Evelynn.
At first glance I thought the out of focus grassess, reeds in the foreground are a little distracting, but looking at the image again, that is'nt the fact, but even adds to the entyre scene because it's more some kind of a natural frame to the bird.
Excellent exposure wich does show of wonderful feather details and the Hawk does stand out clearly against the soft BG.
Very well done. TFS.

Kindest regards, Harry

Bonjour Evelyn
Très belle prise, excellente en couleurs et netteté, très belle attittude du sujet.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-16 3:36]

Hi Evelynn,

This photo looks a bit like a painting. The pose of this giant is magnifique!!The dark in the background and the colors of the bird fit together. Very good capture.


Hi Evelynn,
This hawk is really posing for you!!
Nice photo with sharp details
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-16 8:18]

Hello Evelynn,
Superb capture of this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk posing very nicely for you.
Beautiful plumage and lovely colours. I lilke the grasses in the foreground and the smooth background too. Very nice indeed!
Many thanks, Ulla

I love these creatures..Their feathers are so beautiful...I wish I could keep them when dropped but alas..tis not allowed...Nice pose..
TNXS for the workshop!

Very good image, Evelynn.
Beautiful model. The darker background is outstanding. Nice presentation.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-16 14:20]

Very nice shot of this Red-Tailed Hawk!
The clarity here is excellent!
Great composition, POV and pose.
Nice light.
Very well done Evelynn,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-16 14:52]

Hola amiga,
hermosa captura,
detalles y sensacional pose...
buen trabajo,

Bellissima immagine, ottimi POV e DOF, molto belli l'atteggiamento colto e la composizione, ottimi dettagli e i colori, splendido questo sfondo cupo. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-16 19:10]

Hello Evelynn

What a beauty,the setting is lovely with the grasses all around.
Excellent DOF and POV.
The hawk is sharply focused and the OOF BG has a nice bokeh.
Well illuminated with excellent plumage colouration and markings.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-16 20:20]

Wow, he certainly posed for you.
What a sharp shot of this beautiful red-tailed hawk.
I love his very "proper" stance and his intense stare.
Lovely composition and BG colors.
TFS. : )

Hi Evelynn, Beautiful work! The composition is wonderful. The FG grass adds just the right textural touch. The dark variable BG contrasts wonderfully with the hawk. Super pose and fine focus. Another winner! Bravo! Tfs Richard

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-16 23:35]

Hi Evelynn

Lovely shot - good detail and colour too - the background colour is lovely and helps ring out the detail in the Hawk - bit I guess that is why you did it! Well observed and captured.


Bonjour Evelynn
Tout me paraît parfait dans cette prise : composition, netteté, et surtout cet arrière plan si joli ! Bravo !

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-17 5:52]

Hi Evelynn,
classic portrait style shot, with fine detail and perfect DOF. At first i thought perhaps the grasses were a bit distracting, but after coming back to view this a few times i now think that they only add the context in which this was taken. Super work as always,

Hi Evelynn!

The pose of the Red-Tailed Hawk is mazing, as if he knew you take a picture! Very well captured! The sharpness, the natural colour and the details are excellent. All this is well highlighted by the dark and blurred background.

Kind regards


hi evelynn!
congrat to this very fine pic!
sharp and very nice composition
well done!

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-17 12:15]

Hi Evelynn,

Beautiful composition, I really like the way you framed it!
Excellent details with great colours.
He's standing there with such a serious expression. Very well captured!

Hello Evelynn superb portrait very nice pose and good detail, composed well, good clean background tfs rgds Necip

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-18 5:02]

Hello Evelynn, what a great shot of the Red Tail, great pose and composition, fantastic sharpness and excellent exposure, well done, thanks!


It really reminds the cartoon character, with the stubby head. Beautiful colors, focus and clean BG...


hello Evelynn

great shot of this Red-tailed Hawk, fine POV, fine vertical
framing like the hawk's pose, great glance of the bird of prey,
excellent sharpness and details of the hawk and the foreground,



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