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Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-04-27 7:28
Viewed: 3600
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I usually love my camera because I can hold my dog's leash in one hand and shoot with the other. This is one time I wished I had a big, heavy one with all the frills and whistles. This was the best I could do and I hope it's good enough so someone will be able to identify what I assume is a Hawk. I'm adding another shot in the workshop to provide a different view.

Thank you Ivan! I knew you would know what this is!

Red-tailed Hawk

The Red-tailed hawk ranges throughout North America to central Alaska and northern Canada, and south as far as the mountains of Panama. Although not truly migratory, they do adjust seasonally to areas of the most areas of the most abundant prey. In winter many of the northern birds move south.

The Red-tail is one of the the largest hawks, usually weighing between 2 and 4 pounds. As with most raptors, the female is nearly 1/3 larger than the male and may have a wing span of 56 inches. This species shows a great deal of individual variation in plumage.

The adult has a rufous-colored tail that may or may not have a black terminal bar. Adults are dark brown on the back and the top of their wings. The underside of the bird is usually light with a dark belly band, and a cinnamon wash on the neck and chest. . Immatures resemble the adults except their tail is brown with dark bars; the red- tail molts in during its second year.

The adult Red-tailed Hawk is easily identified, for when it leaves its perch on slow, measured wing beats, or turns while soaring overhead, the broad, rounded tail shows a rich, russet red, hence the name. Within its range, its frequent soaring and loud voice are a good pointer.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-27 7:42]

Hello Jane,
The speckled belly and the reddish tail with no banding suggest that this is a Red-tailed Hawk, a fine sharp capture against the contrasting blue sky.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-27 8:12]

Very fine lighting and composition with brilliant sky, well made. tfs.

Hi Jane,
really nice photo of this bird. Very good capture. Excellent colours of the sky.
Thanks for sharing,

I had some hawk feathers from this one but ended up giving them to a Native American upon learning I was not allowed to own or hold them in my house...

Very nice Ms Looking Up! A very long time since we have emailed. Your images have grown considerably in quality. Do you think TN and crits had anything to do with it or do you think it was just good old practice?

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-27 9:59]

Hi jane,
A perfect capture!
Very good focus, sharpness, colors, details and composition.
Best wishes,

Ciao Jane, great capture of lovely hawk on a beautiful blue sky, Perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-04-27 19:10]

Hello Jane,
It looks to me like your camera is doing just fine for you. This is a really neat shot, as it gives us a great look at the Red-tailed Hawk in full flight. The detail is excellent and the colors are vivid and true. I love the way the wings seem to be illuminated, which allows us to see the beautiful markings. I also like the WS photo.

Hello Jane,

This are for an point and shoot acceptable.
Good of details and yes it could be sharper with an dslr.....Nice blue bg.
Fine colors.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-27 22:39]

Hello Jane.
Very good sharp photo, good composition,perfect exposure all on a nice blue sky background. Flying birds are always difficult subjects.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Jane,
a splendid capture of the Red-tailed Hawk in flight, very beautiful contrast against a blue sky, very good point of view showing well the underside features of this marvellous bird of prey
Best regards

Bonjour Jane,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet grâce à une superbe opposition sur l'arrière paln.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-28 14:14]

Hi Jane,not easy to comment a perfection like that! What a point of view and what a fantastic sharpness and wings details!!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Jane

Great in-flight shot of the Red-tailed Hawk,
i love the pose of the bird showing its underpart plumage
with very fine POV and framing, great focus
sharpness and details, beautiful light coming
in to the hawk, excellent contrast, TFS


Hello Jane
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

Hi Jane,
What a amazing action shot here Jane, fabulous colours and lovely detailed sharpness,
Congratulations and well done,
Best Regards,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-05 18:35]

Hello Jane,
When I see hawks circle in the sky as you have captured so well in this image. I wondering how it would feel to ride the thermals as they do. Thanks for sharing this nice image Jane.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-06-01 8:54]

Hi, dear Jane.
Many thanks for kind congratulations. We are TN-members of the same age. I like and I am amazed with exposure and bright colours of the bird which is pictured by you at the most impressive POV and moment. Superb details, wonderful clear blue sky, precise timing. Great in-flight picture. TFS and kind regards.

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