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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-02 12:30
Viewed: 2867
Points: 46
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It is a Buteo. Since there are 5-6 Buteos in E Washington State and since 3 of them look real closely as the other, I am not entirely which "model" this is...

It was a calm day for Jane and so I took her out for a ride onto the Palouse which has grown very golden. Almost too golden! Dry tall grasses call for one spark and then turn to danger in a flash with winds blowing as fast as they are...This Buteo was quite high up as they usually are but I was fortunate enough to find a small dirt road to put off on and shut down the engine...It only swooped down this one time and this is highly cropped at 300mm. They do so enjoy playing games with me. It's as if they know I have a camera and they seem to recognize me..or perhaps it is all my imagination...but my spirit animal tells me different.

Fujiflm DSLR
300mm Sigma
Hand Held; Manual Focus
ISO 1600

Heaven, jaycee, gracious, tkp1165, tuslaw, Ken52, uleko, jusninasirun, pierrefonds, sranjan, red45, angela926, MMM, CeltickRanger, horia has marked this note useful
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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-02 12:45]

Hi Bob!

Quite a different fly from mine!


The immense diversity of our nature offers to those who want to see every day a fascinating subject. While I dsicover the macro photography (not too close, you are absolutely right) you fly away up into the sky and bring us this beauty. Although I'd prefer to see this magnificent bird of pray in front of a more living sky, it's beautiful. Bird of prays impress me, but I haven't yet found the way to photograph them. Tank you for sharing this one with us.

Kind regards


Hello Bob,

This reminds me of a totem pole!
Is that your animal spirit?
Oh, to soar so effortlessly!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-02 13:11]

Hi Bob,

I keep trying to get a decent shot - hawks and crows are flying overhead continuously. They would have to be much lower for me to get them with my camera. So, I'm a bit envious of this one. Wonderful details of the face and magnificent wings. Glad it's a good day for Jane.


Hello Bob,
They have beautiful texture and pattern underneath the wings, really beautiful!
great shot of this inflight Buteo in good clarity, colour and details
many thanks for the sharing and notes

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-02 18:10]

I like what you wrote Bob. I just have to lift my camera to my face and the birds often take off - no matter how slowly and carefully I do it!

Good in-flight capture, and you've cropped and composed it in well against that wonderful blue sky. It loks a superb looking bird,

Hi Bob
Nice capture of the magnificent bird. They are very cool to watch. I like the patterns in the under side of the wings. Great note,Bob and TFS

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-02 18:54]

Great shot of this beautiful raptor Bob,
The markings on the wings are stunning. Looks like you had everything set just right in order to get this fine image.
Love those blue skies, as you know we seldom see them here in Ohio. TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-08-02 20:58]

Hey Bob, you got some good detail on this in-flight bird I had never heard of until tonight. Nice light on the underside of bird against the sky too... which I find very difficult to do. Nice wing position and composition.

I found it interesting that you focused manually. My Canon 300mm lens will not focus fast enough for me on most inflight shots of small subjects, and I have had more success focusing manually also in those situations.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-02 22:31]

Hello Bob,
You were certainly quick pulling off the road to get this beautiful bird of prey so nicely in focus. I love the light and the beautiful pattern on the underside of the wings is very clear. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-03 2:15]

Hi Bob,new day and new pic always different! Beautifull as your style,i like a lot the position of the light that show the transparence of the wings! Perfect work,now it's impossible to forecast how you will post tomorrow..hehehehe...have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Bob. A rare sight and brilliantly captured complemented by amusing note. Well framed in flight against the spotless saturated blue sky. This is very good with 300mmFL as I rarely manage to catch one in flight. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-03 3:11]

Hello Bob, Nice shot of this buteo. Well shot on this flight movement. Superb focus and nice sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi Bob,

It is difficult to capture a bird in flight. The details and colors pf the buteo are clear and sharp. The subject is well frame. The light brings out the best of the colors. have a nice day.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-03 8:08]
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A fine in-flight Bob!
I think this is a Red-tailed Hawk (or Buteo). Though the rust colour of the tail is seen from above, the pattern of the belly suggests a red-tailed.
Great light management and the sharpness id pretty good considering that this one was high up.

Hello Bob,
Very well captured photograph of Buteo with excellent details despite of height it was flying. The underside of wing, large dark comma-shaped patches visible at the wrists. TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-03 13:55]

Hi Bob!

This is fantastic shot, I really envy you :-) Pose is great, blue sky, too. But first of all proud Buteo looks amazing. I was searching suitable words and read other people critiques. Totem pole! Yes - it looks exactly like soaring totem pole.

Hello Bob,
Great capture, fantastic colors and clarity, nice sharpness, good compotion and pov, well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-08-06 13:05]

Hi Bob
I had miss that one
Excellent INflight capture.Sharp image with good detail.The blue sky is beautiful.
TFS Michel

hello Bob

great in-flight shot of this bird of prey,
i love your fine POV and the excellent way
that this Hawk is framed on the image,
excellent sharpness and details of its plumage, TFS


Hi Bob,
Even if the image is not perfect in term of sharpness, I think that this is a good shot of a difficult subject! This is a nice specie and it stands out well on this deep blue sky! I can believe that some animals play with us. I lived similar experience with some Common Loons in Mont-Tremblant National Park and with an unidentified raptor that follow me from a distance when I was taking birds pictures. He arrived from nowhere and flew very close to me to attack a poor little bird that I was photographing in a bosquet… Regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-08 3:02]

Hi Bob

This is really a very beautiful close-up!
Definitely a hawk...we have quite a few Buteos here, too, but they really are very hard to identify at this distance.
Anyway, the details and colors you managed to get are lovely and complemented by that gorgeous blue sky in the BG.
Well composed and presented, your post is again a pleasure to read and watch.

Bravo and TFS

PS: thank you for your always kind comments and critiques at my work. They really are a "push" for me and i hope i will have more and more time for TN in the future, after all my trips and traveling :)

Ciao Bob, splendid flying bird in a wonderful blue sky, great capture, bravo amico mio, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-09 12:56]

Hello Bob! It looks like a Red-Tailed Hawk. It's a very good shot of it, I like the way you composed it, the vey good exposure and the great details, wel done, thanks!


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