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From MY Garden!!!

From MY Garden!!!
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 3:47
Viewed: 4019
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't do birds -- Can't ever get them just in the right place or with the right light or ... ... ...

I was working in my home office and looked up to see that there was something unfamiliar in the shape of the tree. I switched from my computer glasses to my everyday ones, grabbed the camera and started shooting through the window. I ran into the kitchen and shot through that window, and then, still in my bare feet and in a light T-shirt & jeans (though I would normally be wearing a heavy coat outdoors) I ran out the front door and tiptoed around the house to the back garden. I was able to get only six shots from outside before it was gone. Conditions were far from favourable: I didn't have time to get close enough to put a touch of blue sky behind its head before it took off. But, it's my first!

Was it worth getting ice-cold feet?

As to ID, based on size (as large as or slightly larger than a crow), I am guessing that this is a Cooper's Hawk, named after the naturalist William Cooper, one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (See here for a comparison between Cooper's and Sharp-Shinned Hawks.)
As to why it would venture into the middle of a developed area: the tree in the garden behind mine has a large nest of very young squirrels that have been busily exploring the neighbourhood over the past week. Cooper's Hawks feed on mid-sized birds and small mammals.

Tech: shot in RAW on Aperture Priority, cropped to about 25% of the original capture (I am amazed that I got THAT close!), resized, sharpened edges, framed and signed

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend

gracious, joey, Royaldevon, marhowie, eqshannon, nglen, Argus, hester, tiklod, angybone, Silvio2006, uleko, pierrefonds, nainnain, cam, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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Hello my friend Silke,
You done well on this captured of this bird!
lovely pov with perfect exposure and focus in the shot, very good sharpness, beautiful colouration and details
thanks for the wonderful notes too
have a great sunday, Silke!
all the best

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-17 4:04]

A Cooper's Hawk in your own garden!
You've got a pretty decent shot of it aswell!
Good sharpness and definition.
Natural colours and good lighting.
Perfect composition and a good POV.
Congratulations on seeing and photographing this fine bird.
Well done Silke.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-17 4:54]

you're lucky to live there..eheheh...very perfect shot,the birds aren't easy to take,very good work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Silke,

You did really well to get this shot!
I have only done a few bird postings as, like yourself, I find them very difficult! But, you have to be proud of this! Hawks very rarely visit gardens! How lucky are you!

You have captured him with good sharpness, excellent eye contact and lovely details of his breast feathers! My compliments!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Silke,
Yes..I would say it was worth the cold feet :)
Very good detail, color, and you managed the exposure nicely. A well composed frame, and I like the POV from below, it makes this guy look larger than life somehow ;}
Well done!

wow. You worked it up good. Even I would have been 2 days in attempts. A fine piece of work which needed to be done quickly before it took off. You are had some good news from above on this one Silke.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-17 8:00]

Hi Silke. It was well worth it . You are lucky to get this in your garden. You have done well in the short time. good detail and colour . with the light in the eye. well done TFS. like the notes too..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-17 8:07]
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Hello Silke,
Fine capture of a fine visitor to your garden!
You're right this is a Cooper's: a young bird just gaining its adult plumage.
Beautiful lighting and a fine composition portraying this bird with pretty good sharpness.
Perhaps this is a start to more bird photography?
Have a good weekend,

Hello Silke,
I wish one of this would show up on my garden,
you managed to capture it very well, very clear
and well composed image.. Well done


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-17 11:51]

wow Silke

What a wonderful sight to have in your own garden. I think you did an amazing job in getting the shot in the circumstances. The composition is great and the exposure is perfect. Nicely sharp as well



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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-17 13:51]

Hi Silke, wow, how fast you've been to get that one! I saw one in my garden once, exactly posed like this one on a tree branch. By the time I got the camera it was gone. I can imagine you running outside to get the photo. It sure was worthed to get that beautiful Cooper's hawk with its red eyes. It's a big and beautiful bird, wonderfully captured: you have good reflexes! You sure got close! TFS,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-17 15:17]

Hello Silke,
Exciting this game we play trying to capture wildlife for others to view. Your cold feet and possible strange looks from neighbours were well worth the results that you achieved in this splendid capture. Silke if you have a bird feeder around you may see him again as they like to strike at the birds when they are busy feeding at a feeder.

You did great with this bird. He's beautiful...or she...either way a lovely shot - well done! :)

Hello Silke,
HEY You have beautiful things in your garden!!!
Great shot... nice details on chest plumage. Lovely light in the eye.
TFS and have a nice weekend,


Hi Silke, lovely bird from your garden! Great pose and splendid details, excellent sharpness, elegant presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-11-18 15:24]

Hi Silke,
Good to see you again!What a beautiful visiter you had briefly in your garden.Not an easy one for your first because of the similar coloured background that swallows it up a bit.I like the detailed pattern on its chest and the glint in its eye.A good first attempt....keep them coming.
Regards, David

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-18 18:37]

Hello Silke

What a wonderful encounter.The cold feet was well worth it.
Well composed with very good sharpness and details.
The lighting is well handled.
Excellent eye detail.
I had a young peregrine falcon stake out my bird feeder one morning.A Mourning dove nearly got it but managed to evade him,talk about excitement.
Well done.


hello silke,
lovely capture, liked the composition and the pov, nice natural colours, suitable framing,
tfs & regards

MAgnifique, beau jeu de couleurs et beaux détails.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-21 9:40]

Hello Silke,
Of course you can do birds! This one is excellent, very sharply in focus and showing sharp details and fine colours. The trouble is they don't always settle where you want them to be! The composition is very nice too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the Cooper Hawk, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-26 8:28]

Very cool shot Silke, what luck to have this in your back garden! i think you've done really well to get this, especially considering the hurried and unplanned circumstances!

Hi Silke,
Nice shot of this hawk.
What a treat to see it at home and capture it with the cam..
Great POV and nice composition.
The eye color is super.

bonjour silke
magnifique cet oiseau, jolies couleurs nettes, bon bg et super détails, j'adore la couleur de son poitraille
bravo et merci

pt demain)

Hello Silke,
The same thing happened to me once and this is much impressive when you see this kind of bird in your backyard :)! You will remember this moment for a long time I guess. You did great on this capture; I never had the chance to photograph one correctly... You caught a nice pose with great catch-light. Well done!

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2008-02-05 16:10]

Hi Silke
Lucky you.They will stop almost everywhere to rest, but they do not stay for long.At least not long enough to grab a camera and get out to shoot a couple of pictures.
Considering all this, this is a picture to be proud of.
The eyes are so sharp, the ideal.
A good pose.
Have a good day

Hello Silke. You are lucky to have visitor like this in your garden. Your home office have a pleasing view. The capture and the tall framing is excellent for this bird. The diagonal light adds beauty and contrast. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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