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Air to air red-tailed hawk fight over a snake

 
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Jun 01, 2015 20:49 |  #1

I was out watching an Osprey nest on Mare Island California, when I heard a tremendous commotion in the air behind me. The unmistakable screech of a red-tailed hawk, then another. The hawks of the island are excellent snake hunters, and I guess there was a dispute going on. Looks like they got the snake right as it was moulting. 7D2 with 500mm.

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Jun 01, 2015 20:54 |  #2

Great action series you got there.


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Jun 01, 2015 21:00 |  #3

Great series there; looks like it's an air-to-air kind of year


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Jun 01, 2015 22:24 |  #4

Great captures!




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Jun 01, 2015 22:27 |  #5

Wow those are so amazing. Must have been such a rush to take take and get those shots! The snake is absolutely shredded too


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Jun 02, 2015 05:10 |  #6

Super shots, those last two where each hawk has hold of the snake are terrific!


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Jun 02, 2015 05:39 |  #7

What an incredible set! I would have been to excited to get shots like these, well done!


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Jun 02, 2015 05:56 |  #8

Awesome shots, glad you made the best of your opportunity!


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Jun 02, 2015 07:37 |  #9

OK that is cool right there, awesome job


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Jun 02, 2015 11:35 |  #10

Wow, what a thrill to see and you caught it too. Grand set indeed!


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Jun 02, 2015 11:46 |  #11

Incredible shots!!!!!!! Nice work!!!!

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Jun 02, 2015 12:29 |  #12

Amazing action series Lenny.


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Jun 02, 2015 15:04 |  #13

You and Eric with your aerial fights. Very cool shots.



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Jun 02, 2015 20:07 |  #14

Thanks to everyone. It was truly a right time at the right place moment, as I had my 500 trained on the Osprey nest when I heard all the commotion and just had to aim up and fire away.


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