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Perfect Landing

Perfect Landing
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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: 2007-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 2.xII extender, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-29 13:21
Viewed: 3860
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am not at all sure that this ID is correct.

The Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus), called the Rough-legged Hawk in North America, is a medium-large bird of prey. It is typically between 50 to 60 centimetres long with a 130 cm wingspan. The breeding range is northernmost Europe, Asia, and North America. It migrates further south in winter.

It breeds on cliffs, slopes or in trees, laying about four eggs, but more in good lemming years. It hunts over open land, eating mainly small mammals, and will come to carrion. This species, along with the Osprey, is one of the few large birds of prey to regularly hover.
This is a broad-winged raptor, typical of the genus Buteo. Compared to the Common Buzzard, it is longer-winged and more eagle-like in appearance. Its feet are feathered to the toes (hence its scientific name, meaning "hare-footed") as an adaptation to its arctic home range. Its toes are short for its size.


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-29 13:54]

Hello Evelynn,
nice capture, great pose!
nice natural colors & great details,

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-03-29 13:56]

Muy bonita, parece que ha cazado algo?, muy bien enfocada e iluminada. Un saludo

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-29 14:12]

Hello Evelynn,
It appears as if he has caught something, his eye are glue downward towards his talons, or maybe he just stubbed a toe. Great image with superb detail showing the hawks plummage pattern well. Thanks for sharing evelynn.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-29 15:10]

Hi Evelynn.
Perfeat landing, and Perfect photo too. Great image, excellent moment You cath here. I have always like Hawks, but Iam sorry because we dont have to many of them arround.
Saludos Evelynn. and TFS.

Another of your fine collection from Ridgefield. Great pose, nice capture and superb tones.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-29 15:37]

La se foi uma presa pelo geito ela pegou este,bela foto e momento exato de fotografar esta ave parabéns.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-29 16:56]

Oh wow, Evelynn,
That, for sure, is a 10-point landing.
He nailed it and YOU nailed it.
What a perfect "gymnast" pose... even to the downward head.
Love the details on the underside of the wings..
and that fantastic "leg".
I have never seen a hawk like that.
Great job and TFS. : )

Great shot Evelynn, one problem. I had thought I figured I had identified a hawk properly on my profile. I thought it was a Rough legged hawk but you now have me confused. Great clarity in the shot. Very nice bird


Hi Evelynn,
this is a photo that was taken on a day not unlike the day we had here in High River today-a tough light to say the very least.Tough light or not this capture has excellent detail going for with a minimum of noise for the iso used,kudos for that.I think that those legging's are the bee's knees(no pun intended).I am a big fan of raptors and thank you sharing this one,a bird I don't recall ever seeing before now. Bob

very beautiful, TFS Ori

Hi Evelynn, Fine catch of this hawk. The bird is beautiful and your sharp detailed and fine exposure shows it wonderfully. Super pose. I like the comp. you used. Well done. Tfs Richrd

Hello Evelynn,
Wonderful shot of this Rough-legged Buzzard, a stunning looking bird to say the least, excellent detail, and well framed, Cheers Rick :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-30 4:16]

Hello Evelynn,
Excellent timing and in splendid natural colours. The details in the feathers are amazing. Great pose, DOF and POV.

Hello Evelynn,
Great timing, the pose of the Buzzard express the action very well
Very good plummage details
Well done

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-30 8:04]

Hi Evelynn,
Nice catch. I liked the pose you captured and the details. TFS

I wonder what would have happened if it were not white? Would it almost blend into the background....Very cool capture. you're into an arena in which I have very few chances and not much luck when I do get them. Fine3ly detailed as only the eye of an artist can do!

Hello Evelynn, a superb pose caught of this buzzard. Fine focus and detail. A very sharp image. tfs rgds Necip

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-30 13:37]

Evelynn, this is a fantastic shot, perfect moment and perfect technical skills and perfect eye. Wow, what a beautiful bird and we see it all! The colours are amazing and natural, I love the pov leaving the grass OOF where needs be. Thank you for this sight, it is unique,


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-30 14:14]

hello Evelynn
good capture of this great species while it just landing with good timing
i like composition, POV, light, colours, sharpness and details

Hi Evelynn

Very good capture of Rough-legged Buzzard in action. Good composition and very sharp details. Good work.



hello Evelynn

Perfect landing with a perfect POV and framing, excellent DOF,
great moment to shoot it in photo, excellent sharpness and details,



Hello Evelynn,
Fantastic capture, great timing, very good composition and point of view, lovely colors and good light.

An awesome shot, titled very aptly!You've brought out very delicate details of this majestic bird by showcasing this pose so effectively.
Very well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-31 7:20]

Hi Eveleynn,
another amazing moment caught by you, you really do live in an incredible part of the world. Nicely composed with some great detail, i like his feathery looking trousers ;o). A touch of noise but nothing distracting. You really made the most of this experience, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-31 19:54]

Hello Evelynn

A lovely pose you have captured here.
The detail is excellent,and the plumage really shows well.
it looks a bit like this buzzard is looking down and says"Hey my socks don't match".
well composed in the frame with lovely rich colours.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-02 18:03]

Hello Evelynn, wow what a great shot of that Hawk! Perfect pose and composition, very sharp details and an incredible exposure, very well done, you must be proud of that shot, thanks!


Ciao Evelynn,
excellent shot!

Hello Evelynn,
Identifying a bird of prey is not easy...
It's a beautiful bird, captured at a very good moment...
Once again a very good isolation through depth of field without loss of habitat info.
Well done

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