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Red shoulder

Red shoulder
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Copyright: Gabi Klemm (klemmg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM, Sigma UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-24 23:36
Viewed: 3565
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered hawks are solitary and territorial.
Adult red-shouldered hawks have a brown head, a dark brown back and reddish underparts with dark brown streaks. They show reverse sexual size dimorphism, meaning that females are larger than males. Females average 700 g and 48 - 61 cm in length whereas males average 550 g and 43 - 58 cm in length. Adults have a wingspan of 100 cm in average.

Juveniles appear similar to adults, but have creamy underparts with dark brown spots and streaks. You can see a juvenile in Scott’s excellent post.

Both adults and juveniles have reddish lesser secondary upper wing coverts, which give the impression of red shoulders, giving this species its name. The tail of the both immature and mature red-shouldered hawks is dark brown with white bands.

Five subspecies of Buteo lineatus are recognized based on geography and physical characteristics.
The head and breast markings of the Florida subspecies, Buteo lineatus extimus and Buteo lineatus alleni, are slightly paler than other Red-shouldered hawks.

This and more info can be found HERE

This shot was taken on Sanibel Island in the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and you can find info on it in Scott’s other excellent post.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-24 23:49]

An unusual and interesting POV of the hawk. Great details and excellent light. Great job, Gabi, and TFS. : )

Well I find myself almost at a loss for words, this shot is superb on many levels, the detail is perfect and is accentuated by the well distributed lighting, colors are crisp, exposure is excellent, but most of all you captured the subject cleaning its feathers with such care, a truly amazing shot. I take my hat off to you!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-25 3:27]

Gabi, what a great close-up shot you have of this Red-shouldered hawk. Wonderful colours and sharpness too. I love how he is pulling at his feathers. Well done, thank you.

A lovely warm shot of this hawk preening. She looks very relaxed and contented and the dappled lighting works very well for this shot. Nice use of the long lens to give a comfortable working distance. Great picture.
Thanks, Nigel.

Hi Gabi,
Looks like you found your Red-shouldered Hawk, and then went and took a superb photograph of it. I love the tight crop here. The filtered sunlight is great. Beautiful colors with very sharp detail. An outstanding shot!!!!!! I hope you got alot of great shots at Ding Darling..

Very nice portrait shot Gabi, great sharpness, colours and POV. Well captured too. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Hi Gabi,
that's a wonderful close-up shot, I love the warm light and the pretty colours, even the BG with the nice blue.
Such a lovely bird, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-25 11:38]

Hello Gabi!
Wonderful capture.Details are razorsharp and crisp clear.I liked pose of hawk,clear details,POV and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Lovely shot Gabi,
Excellent capture, good sharp detail and colours. Great POV and pose.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-25 16:43]

Hi Gabi,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details. Beautiful work.


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-11-25 19:51]

Great closeup Gabi!
Nicely seen and framed!


That is a great picture! I like every bit of it. Super POV.
Thanks for sharing

What a lovely shot,
such a good focus, on one of my favourite birds.
O love the Bg too, however the bird is so beautiful, and the details you can see of it's beak, and everything.
Simply WOW
All the best Artur

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-07 4:02]

Wonderful shot. Great moment captured. Sharp focus, good colour and POV.

I like the crop the most. It leads the eye to the right place quickly. Nice details and action. Very unusual POV but I like it.

  • jrj Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-27 19:07]


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