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~Red Tailed Hawk~

~Red Tailed Hawk~
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Copyright: Angela Reigelman (MommaMiaX3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 215] (737)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom, 52mm UV filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-11 8:52
Viewed: 3095
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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I went out walking this morning, we finally had a wonderful rain! I was excited to see this Red Tailed Hawk, she appears to be injured. However she flies very well, she even swooped down in front of me on the ground to catch a little frog. ( I took a picture of that too :) This was probably the best one I was able to get before she flew off. I hope that you all like it!

I will be posting comments later today, I am taking 4 kids out for a day of play! Wish me luck :) Hope you all have a wonderful day!

From Wiki:

The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a large bird of prey which breeds from western Alaska and northern Canada to Panama and the West Indies. Males are typically smaller than females. Despite this hawks size it's relatively heavy, males generally weighing between 800–1100 grams (1.8-2.4 pounds) and measuring 45–56 cm. Females typically average between 1100–1300 grams (1.8-2.9 pounds) and measure 50–65 cm in length.

This bird is extremely broad and stout. Birds of this species have a dark mark along the leading edge of the underwing, between the body and the wrist (the patagium). Most, but not all color variations have a dark band across the belly. The Light adult's breast is pale while the Light juvenile's breast is a whitish color. Light morphs have a white V ranging from its back to its wings. In most, the adults' tails are rusty red above, and juveniles have narrow brown and pale bands. The main western North American population has bands on the adults' rusty tails as well and has varied plumage, organized into three main color types or morphs.

Immature birds, or birds that are only a few years old, can also readily be identified by having yellowish irises. As the bird attains full maturity over the course of 3–4 years, the iris slowly darkens into a reddish-brown hue.

Light-morph birds are mainly brown on the upperparts and very pale brown or buff on the underparts and underwings; they show a belly band.
Rufous-morph birds are darker and redder, with reddish-brown rather than white on the underparts. The belly band may be barely visible.
Dark-morph birds are very dark brown on both upperparts and underparts; they have lighter parts on the underwings.
Almost all of the main eastern North American population are light-morph, with whiter underparts and paler markings than western birds, and with solid rust-red tails as adults.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-11 9:44]

Hello Ange,
Wonderful capture with sharp focus and nice exposure giving us a sharply detailed and colorful look at this hawk. Great work Ange, have fun with the munchkins.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-11 10:49]

Hi Ange,

What a nice find! Good capture of this hawk. You caught him in a wonderful pose!


Hello Angela,
I like the look of bird of prey. This one is no exception. The majestic pose well captured. Very nice composition and tfs.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-11 17:06]

Excellent shot of this beautiful moth.
Good POV and DOF. Great exposure.Good sharpness and eye contact despite a little long distance of to hawk well done

I'm glad that she can still fly. It is a nice capture with nice natural colors and light.

Evelynn : )

Wonderful capture , Angela . I use an S2 as my backup , great camera . I take my two year old with me sometimes , and we both have a great time . You may even give a budding naturalist a good start . Enjoy your outing . Kevin .

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-12 3:01]

Ange,Wonderful capture with brilliant exposure.
Really nice Hawk with a good pose.

bonjour angela
le probleme avec ces oiseaux la c'est qu'ils ont une tres bonne vue et il est difficile de les approcher.
vous avez reussi a en faire malgres cela une belle photo nette,colorée et bien exposée;

Hello Ange,
This is a nice and lucky shot! I am fascinated by raptors. We have many species where I live but I don't see them often or of so, they are little dark spot gliding in the sky. Once, I had one passing through my backyard like an arrow to capture a Dove but the time I get my camera, I didn't fin it anymore. I went out and walk silently on my lawn and then, just over me, coming from an apple tree, I hear the clapping of his wings very, very close as he just got off with its prey :((( Those guys are always hiding from me...!

You caught nice details in a good pose from the bird and even a catch light in his eye! We can see all those beautiful patterns on his wings and exposure is very good! Well done and TFS,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-12 19:39]

Hello Angela

Well done.You can't imagine how many near misses I have of one of these birds.You have captured it beautifully in very nice light.It looks wonderful in the natural setting.TFS


Hi Ange,
A very nice shot on this hawk. I am not 100 percent sure, but I believe this is a Red Shouldered Hawk. They are very common down in your neck of the woods. Light qualiy is very nice here. Great warm colors and nice sharp detail. Looks great in its natural environment.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-13 0:16]

Hello Ange,
Good capture.
It's posture is interesting with that one wing opened a bit.Had it just flown in? or was that the injured side?
Good eye contact and ur attention to the bark and its presentation is realy good.
TFS & Cheers

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