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Raptors everywhere...Red-tailed hawk, Northern Harrier and White-tailed Kite

 
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Dec 24, 2012 12:18 |  #1

I've been pretty lucky lately spotting the local raptors

I was shooting trains the other day when this kite was out hunting. Good for the kite, not so good for the mouse

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In the same area, a northern harrier joined the rodent reduction effort
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Then, escaping the torrential rain in bay area this weekend, a buddy and I headed to the Sacramento NWR, where red tails and harriers abound

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A great lead up to the holidays. Now if only Santa could produce a 600mm f4 Mk2!

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Dec 24, 2012 12:31 |  #2

These are some gorgeous shots, lack of a 600 notwithstanding.
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Dec 24, 2012 13:50 |  #3

Indeed, Excellent set!


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Dec 24, 2012 14:12 |  #4

Beautiful series of raptor shots!


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Dec 24, 2012 14:55 |  #5

Beautiful photos.




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Dec 24, 2012 15:29 as a reply to Jerry Liguori's post |  #6

If Santa gets youa 600 f4, let me know what you did!

Great photos, detail and light are superb.



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Dec 24, 2012 15:34 |  #7

great set.


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Dec 24, 2012 18:23 |  #8

Great set, love 6 the best. Which hawk is that one?


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Dec 24, 2012 18:27 |  #9

Thanks everybody!

Lnguyen1203 wrote in post #15404274external link
Great set, love 6 the best. Which hawk is that one?


#6 is a red-tail taking off out of a tree. They are perched all over the place up there, just waiting to swoop down on prey, while the harriers fly very low over the marsh looking for movement.


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JimT
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Dec 25, 2012 23:30 |  #10

Beautiful series of shots! So crisp and clean. What lens were you using?

I noticed when we finally got a break in the rain that the raptors were out in force. Guess they haven't been able to hunt for a few days.




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