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Copyright: Mark Balas (CatStevens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 63] (468)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5, Sony VCL-DH 1758 - 1,7X
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-06 3:10
Viewed: 3167
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well maybe a bird for a change.

Unfortunately I am not sure, this is probably Juvenile
Goshawk (pronounced /'ɡɔːshɔːk/, Accipiter gentilis; from OE. góshafoc 'goose-hawk') is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.
The Goshawk is the largest member of the genus Accipiter[3] . It is a raptor with short broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees in the forests it lives and nests in. The male is blue-grey above and barred grey below, 49-57 cm (19"-22") long with a 93-105 cm (37"-41") wingspan. The much larger female is 58-64 cm (23"-25") long with a 108-127 cm (42"-50") wingspan, slate grey above grey below. Males of the smaller races can weigh as little as 630 grams (1.4 pounds), whereas females of the larger races can weigh as much as 2 kg (4.4 lbs). The juvenile is brown above and barred brown below. The flight is a characteristic "five slow flaps – straight glide".

In Eurasia, the male is sometimes confused with a female Sparrowhawk, but is larger, much bulkier and has relatively longer wings. In North America, juveniles are sometimes confused for the smaller Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks, but the size again is a distinctive feature of the goshawk.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-06 3:56]

Hello Mark,
Wonderful portrait with great sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Very good POV and DOF. The eyes intrigues me.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-04-06 7:21]

Hi Mark,
excelent sharpness on the head and nicely blurred background.
In this, a bit unusual front view, the strong eye contact has an almost hypnotising depht.

Hello Mark,

You might be right, this surely looks like a juvenile Goshawk.
Great portrait of this beautiful bird you are showing us here.
Wonderful pose, fethar details and color contrast.
Excellent composition, DOF, sharpness and exposure.
Very good note also. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

You've done a great job of making those eyes stand out, the colours are good, and the majority of the picture is nice and sharp, well captured!


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  • Tlapp Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 6 N: 19] (112)
  • [2008-04-24 9:47]

Wspaniały ptak i równie wspaniale uchwycony!
Kontrast i kolorystyka robią wrażenie!
A do tego te 'Eyes'!
Dałbym 3 ale moge tylko 2 :(
Pozdrawiam, Rafal

Hello Mark.
Definitely a clear image of eyes. The intense stare made for a great photo.

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-05-16 16:11]

Hi Mark,
uou!! what a great shot!!! excelent eye contact with this hawk. Great details over the feathers. GOod POV, light and focus.
I´m still shock, is a very strong and powerful pic... compliments!!! it´s great.. OUTSTANDING pic!!
have a nice day

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