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Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Tom Peak (tkp1165) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 595] (3876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-16 14:01
Viewed: 3863
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am dedicating today's post to Bob Shannon (eqshannon) who enjoys these birds of prey as much as I do, which is a lot. And thanks Bob for all those interesting stories that you put with your wonderful photos.

This was taken at the Ridgefield wildlife refuge. This red tail hawk was sitting on a wooden post and concentrating on something in the tall grass just below him. And then he spotted me and I thought for sure he would take off but he was really interested in what was in the grass below him so he continued concentrating on the grass below him and once in awhile would look at me as I continued to approach him. Unbelievably he let me get within about 10 feet from him and after about 30 seconds of being this close he spread his wings and pounced into the tall grass below and was struggling with something, I never did find out what it was I'm thinking possibly a snake. After a short time of wrestling with what ever it was he looked up at me and took off. This was really cool to see a bird like this attack his pray in the wild all within 10 to 12 feet away. I posted a couple more pictures in the workshop. This was taken on a very overcast day so I did darkened the white sky in the background and unfortunately slightly over exposed the white chest. Thanks for looking hope you enjoy.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-16 14:11]

Hi Tom,

Superb close up of the Red Tail Hawk.
Nicely composed with a excellent POV and a fine pose with great eye contact.
Very nice feather detail, great colours and lovely light too.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-04-16 14:13]

Bardzo ładny ptak.
Kompozycja zdjęcia bardzo dobra.


Hello Tom,

Great portrait shot and great dedication to Bob.
Wonderful Hawk with beautiful eyes.
Lovely warm colors, soft bg tones and feather details.
Very good sharpness, exposure and composition.
Beautiful pose of the bird looking towards the viewer.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

wonderful close up.great sharpness and details.beautiful colors.

Excellent DOF in this portrait...
Well done

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-16 17:37]

Hi Tom,
superb shot. the detail and sharpness is awesome. those eyes are stunning. nice plain radial gradient background too. i'm definitely going to have a play around with spot metering.. i've just been inspired.. cheers! tfs

Hi Tom,
Very nice shot. Great details and sharpness.

hello Tom

what a great close-up shot of the Red-Taiedl Hawk,
i love the softness of the colours and the great sharpness
and details of the plumage, fine POV and great eye-contact,



Hello Tom,
WOW! Great close up, superb sharpness, excellent
depth of field and wonderful details, beautiful
natural colors, lovely light and very nice background,
Amazing stare, I love those intense eyes,
well done.

Hello Tom. This is beautiful mugshot. Superb sharpnesss of the image with eyes in pristine clarity. Very well done for top quality image. Regards. Jusni

Hello Tom,
What a awesome and beautiful portrait of this Hawk in such closeness!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
a perfect job and a nice dedication to our friend BOB!
best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-17 10:55]

Hello Tom,
Excellent portrait of this Hawk. Great sharpness, details and colours. Pose and composition are beautiful.

I had this feeling...ya know....that somehow you had a very special image today....and I am not always right but I sure was this time...Dang that is sharp and close....you really are a patient man Tom....And I can see you walking slowly and quietly to your destination.....I can almost feel as though I were there with you as you took this....again....wow! Send me a feather:-) NO! Just kidding!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-04-17 18:24]

Great shot Tom,
Your images always have such wonderful sharpness and detail to them, and this is no exception.
Beautiful colours and that intense stare is captivating.

What a face! Excellent shot! Great details, perfect lighting...just splendid!
And great tribute to one of our favorites, Bob! :)

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-04-19 16:58]

Hi Tom,
This is such a beautiful bird!
Wonderful eye contact, amazing sharpness and details, lovely natural colours.
Very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-23 20:16]

Hello Tom

Exceptional clarity.
This is a beautiful capture of this hawk.
Busy lately just marking the post


Hi Tom
Very nice Portrait and nice eyes - Pointof view
Good job and sharp photo
Well done .. TFS
-- SADEGH --

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