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Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight
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Copyright: Will James Sooter (sharpeyes) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 18] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-09
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Hawks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 17:43
Viewed: 6067
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I captured this image a of a light morph Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) as she took off from a telephone pole near a natural reserve along Pacific Coast Highway. The lighting behind her was very white and bright because of the cloud cover. The photo was taken with a Nikon D200, Nikkor AF 80-400 f/5.6 zoon lens. Since then I have upgraded to a Nikon D300 and Nikkor AF-S 300 f/2.8.

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Hello Will, Welcome to TN.
Great image of this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk in full flight. The colors are gorgeous and the bird is displayed nicely against the all white BG. I did a workshop on it just to try and sharpen it a tad.
Nice job Will, TFS. Hope you like your D300, my son-in-law just got one and he loves it.

Great photo, Will. TFS.

Hello Will and welcome to TrekNature.
You've captured a nice action shot of a Red-tailed Hawk. I like the way the hawk is looking toward you. The detail shows off his rich colour well.
It is a challenge for sure when overcast.
Thanks for sharing (TFS) Janice

Hi Will,

This is really a beautifull bird and you have captured it well. Good detail in the plumage and this was at the right moment to show off the wing.


Hi Will,
great in flight shot of this hawk.
You captured it extremely sharp and detailed.
Good colors, too.
TFS Tatjana

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-10 21:05]

hi will,
welcome to TN. great image! beautiful colors and details of the hawk. so majestic to look at this one. tfs.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-10 22:42]


Welcome to TN! You have certainly started with a bang! A very good action pic that is well detailed and sharp. I like the BG as it is in total contrast to the subject but it does make it more difficult to expose the pic correctly. The image is very clear and of a high quality. I also enjoy it when the raptors have a clear blue sky behind them in the BG as the pic is easier to expose correctly and the blue sky is also in total contrast to the subject. I did post some of these previously. Have a look and let me know your thoughts on those raptor pic on my profile. Keep posting some more of these quality pics. Very Well Done.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-10 23:08]

Hello Will,

Welcome to TN! Your first photo presented here looks great. Image has a very good sharpness for this in flight shot. Plumage details can be well seen and the light in bird's eye looks great. You have used very well the lighting condition rendering excelent, warm, natural looking, color tones.


Hello Will,

A very lovely image showing the Hawk in flight.
The details of its wing position, tail position and plummage are excellent.
Ron's w/s has given it just that extra definition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

WOW... what a fantastic 1st post. Lighting and capture are great. Super detail and colors. Looking forward to seeing more of your work and welcome to TN. :)


Hi Will

good shot of this beautiful raptor.
good composition, sharpness and plumage details
well exposed on a dull sky


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-11 4:56]

Hello Will,
Welcome to TN. Hopefully with a lot of photos like this one. Great quality! Very, very beautiful!
Kind regards,

hello Will

and welcome to TN

superb in-flight shot of the Red-tailed Hawk with fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and detail of the plumage with beautiful colour tones,
and i love the expression on his face (glance),

TFS thanks for sharing


great capture, TFS Ori

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