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Copyright: tom trinko (trinko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-18 9:41
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this hawk was eating this blackbird on my back fence. notice the entrails to the right. does anyone know if hawks don't eat entrails?
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To daveman: curled thingtrinko 1 04-23 01:22
To coasties: spacetrinko 1 09-19 09:55
To FeatherBirdLady: blackbird gonetrinko 2 09-19 01:01
To vanderschelden: framingtrinko 1 09-18 21:50
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First off the BG is wonderful Tom!
Excellent catchlight in the eye!
Nice pattern and colors.
Perfect depth of field and positioning!


Hi Tom,
Ouf, what a catch! Those birds are real hunters, no doubt about it... You caught great details with good POV. Only two things: I think this crop is a little tight in the upper part and maybe you could have tilt the picture a bit to your left to have a symmetric frame in the under part... Anyway, this is a great picture and I don't know if they eat entrails or not... Maybe they keep it for dessert? :-) TFS,

great capture
a bit tight in framing though
decisive moment is plus (the look, the prey,...)

Gorgeous bird looks like our sparrowhawk, so beautifully marked, did you try other exposures on this?

Hi Tom
Great capture of the haw and you.
Congratulations, TFS

Wonderful capture. perfect DOF. Brilliant colors. Interesting moment. Not even a small nit.

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-09-18 10:31]

Wowowow, ottima foto, Tom!
Bello scatto del rapace con la preda, ottimi dettagli, bravo!

Ciao e grazie.

Nice shot of a Cooper's Hawk, adult male (very closely related to the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, mentioned above).

Since this was taken in California, I will have to go with Cooper's Hawk. Was the blackbird a Brewer's or Red-winged?

Looks like he has separated out the entrails on the fence, but in my experience, they will eat them if they are extremely hungry. This male doesn't appear to be starving, so he may very well have discarded the entrails entirely. (See the bulge in his breast? That's his crop; seems already FULL! Wonder what else he's been eating?)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-09-18 12:08]
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Amazing capture of this hawk. I keep hoping one will land near me but never has. If one does I hope I can do even half the excellent job you did.


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-09-18 12:10]

hi tom, excelent shot in very hard moemnt for ex blackbird. But this is life. Good compo and Coloures.

Great shot! I think the focus is great. Background is super. Very nice work.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-18 14:58]

Hi Tom,
Fabulous shot of this raptor, that I thinks is a Cooper's Hawk. Everything is right about this shot.
The birds caught and eaten by our European hawks are often cleaned up, entrails and all!
But that might be due to other predators after the hawk has eaten the best bits.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hi Tom

Wow... excellent clear sharp details. Nice catchlight in the eye. I would allow a bit more space above the head. :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-19 7:24]

Superbe prise nature!

Merci Tom.

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2006-09-19 17:45]

Hi Tom,
Wonderful shoot, I like the blurry BG. The POV is great. Nice job

Best regards,

Hi, Tom.
Lovely pose and nice light, very well done photo with good details, thank you!
Best wishes,

Nice foto of a coopers hawk I like natural shots These birds are good hunters I have seen about 6 kills Never got a foto of one yet with its kill The photo is very sharp and good compo I think they prefer the meat off the bird they can rip it off in small peicies the entrails would be like a elastic band

Hi Tom,

Well captured action shot, very well presented with good framing. TFS:-)



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-03-17 17:32]

Hello Tom,
Fantastic photo of this Cooper's Hawk. The details on the wings are very sharp. The frame is a bit tight, but the light is beautiful.

Hi Tom. Very good sharp photo of this predator with its prey. Amazingly clear focussed shot. The colours of the hawk's claw is remarkable. Good work. Murray.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-21 12:06]

Wow talking about being at the right place at the right time. very awsome shot. Very sharp and exposure is great. This is true nature at it's rawest form.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-04-17 2:39]

Hi Tom!
A very beautiful capture of this proud bird! Perfect shallow dof, which doesn't distract us with bg details.

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-20 10:33]


Yes this is the reward of the hunter, the picturehunter. Well shot. TFS.


This is the best photo of a Cooper's hawk that I have ever seen. Certainly a favourite. Cropping above the head seems a little severe, especially if you intend to frame the pic later. What's that brown curled thing at the right side?

Superb pose and very sharp and clear. Seems to have a blue color cast, however. Despite the wide-open lens, very good DOF.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-06-03 18:41]

Hello Tom,
Only one word for your picture PERFECTION. Details, colors, action ...all perfect. TFS

this is an amazing capture, a little bit to tight crop, but still amazing.
thamks for your comment about my viper,


Hi Tom,

You are a lucky feller??? Such a bird like this one in your backyard. No idee about eating entrails. Maybe poisonous or it has no taste (-: Thats a perfect capture of that hawk. The colours in the eyes, on the udder and the patern on the feathers, magnificent. Regards and TFS Bob

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