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Dec 15, 2014 04:34 |  #1

It's been a few weeks since I last visited with a cooperative Red-tailed Hawk near my home. The city mowed several of the fields in the area she and her mate hunt so they are taking advantage of the new hunting grounds. The male is still skittish as ever but the female could care less and allows you to stand near her (about 20'-30' away from her) as she surveys the area for a meal. The last two evenings I found her perched on either a light pole, a transmission tower or trees with a lot of clutter (gumball trees) so I just waited for her to fly to the ground to catch something.


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When she missed what she was after she sat there and started tugging on the grass to scare it out of hiding.


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It's hard to tell if this image is too warm because it was taken in late evening light and she is surrounded by yellow grass. The previous images (taken last night) were captured in harsher light.


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To try to explain how tolerant she is of people last night 2 police officers stopped by to investigate another photographer and I standing in the field and I walked right under her as she perched 20' up in a tree to go and talk to the officers. Both officers were astonished she didn't fly away as I walked past her. Hopefully we can find their nest to document them raising young....at a distance of course because the male isn't very cooperative.

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Dec 15, 2014 04:59 |  #2

Cool images Duane, and patience pays off. Its good to know you have a co-operative one.


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Dec 15, 2014 05:28 |  #3

Very nice series of shots!


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Dec 15, 2014 05:43 |  #4

Another great looking set Duane. What did the police officers think you were doing?


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Dec 15, 2014 07:26 |  #5

Wonderful set of pics Duane, cooperative hawk or no.


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Dec 15, 2014 09:40 |  #6

Great series, Duane. She must have heard a mouse or something in that grass. With regard to the last shot, if it's warm, it's not by much. I think it looks fine.

BTW, I'm hoping to see some more of your beautiful snowy owl pics this year. ;-)a


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Dec 15, 2014 10:11 |  #7

nice set


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Dec 15, 2014 11:04 |  #8

Great set Duane.


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Dec 15, 2014 13:41 |  #9

Wonder if I could hire her-my yard has a lot of thatch. And...we tend to have pesky moles. Please tell her that:-D. Loving those shots, Duane, very well done.


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Dec 15, 2014 13:51 |  #10

Nice group of shots, I really dig the nice falloff. What an interesting animal..


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Dec 15, 2014 14:23 |  #11

Very nice Duane!


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Dec 15, 2014 14:51 |  #12

Very nice set. Love the low shot on these one, Great job.


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Dec 15, 2014 20:07 |  #13

Its cool to see raptors on the ground. We so often see them on light poles or cluttered trees as you mentioned.

Great set Duane.



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Dec 16, 2014 04:28 |  #14

SJC from VT wrote in post #17333350 (external link)
Another great looking set Duane. What did the police officers think you were doing?

They've seen people in the surrounding fields in the past and I think it was more curiosity on their part to see what we were up to. The main police station is a mile up the road from this area and there have been problems in the past with women joggers and walkers being stalked by someone so they make it a habit to make a drive around the area. Most of the police officers know what we're up to once they see our cameras (I've spoken to 5 officers on different days so far) and none of them have had any problems with us being out there. I always thank them for talking to us and for the job they do for the community. :-)


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Dec 16, 2014 04:30 |  #15

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Great series, Duane. She must have heard a mouse or something in that grass. With regard to the last shot, if it's warm, it's not by much. I think it looks fine.

BTW, I'm hoping to see some more of your beautiful snowy owl pics this year. ;-)a

Thanks Phil. I've been out looking for snowies 5 different trips but have come up empty so far. I'm not giving up even though none have been reported in VA this year......yet. :-)


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