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Oct 02, 2009 10:13 |  #1

Was fortunate to have these local Zone-tailed Hawks come down low enough for a decent shot. From a distance they look very similar to a Turkey Vulture.

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Oct 02, 2009 10:26 |  #2

Nice shots Miles...we have these here at the canyon and they fly with the turkey vultures. Sometimes they fly alone and come out of nowhere, when I'm not ready for a good shot. This bird always seems to elude me even though I've seen them a hundred times in the last few years. One day I'll get a good shot of one. Well done one these Miles!


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Oct 02, 2009 10:44 |  #3

Nice shots Miles. Never heard of this bird.


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Oct 02, 2009 11:28 |  #4

Nice shots


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Oct 02, 2009 11:59 |  #5

Very nice, Miles. I've never seen, nor even heard of, this bird.


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Oct 02, 2009 13:28 |  #6

ajosteve wrote in post #8747307 (external link)
Nice shots Miles...we have these here at the canyon and they fly with the turkey vultures. Sometimes they fly alone and come out of nowhere, when I'm not ready for a good shot. This bird always seems to elude me even though I've seen them a hundred times in the last few years. One day I'll get a good shot of one. Well done one these Miles!

Thanks Steve! I'm sure you'll get a chance at one soon, such a pretty bird!

canonloader wrote in post #8747413 (external link)
Nice shots Miles. Never heard of this bird.

Thanks Mitch! Zone-tailed Hawks range from parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Western Texas to southern Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and northern Argentina. I captured these two while attending the Hawkwatch in Corpus Christi. The peak of the migration is in full swing right now, with nearly 100,000 Broad-winged Hawks counted each day - really something to see!

artyman wrote in post #8747672 (external link)
Nice shots

Appreciate the kind words Art!

sparker1 wrote in post #8747888 (external link)
Very nice, Miles. I've never seen, nor even heard of, this bird.

Thanks Stan!


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Oct 02, 2009 16:03 |  #7

Definitely cool looking birds there!


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Oct 02, 2009 23:07 as a reply to  @ jgrussell's post |  #8

I like the angle of the very first top bird,looks great!

beaut looking raptor,well done

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Oct 03, 2009 07:57 |  #9

Great Wing Span!!! Great shots!!


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Oct 03, 2009 08:53 |  #10

Beautiful flight series.


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Oct 04, 2009 07:56 |  #11

Well done--I've taken hundreds of shots of these and know how hard it is to get this bird exposed properly. What exposure compensation did you use in the field? I usually start at +1 and adjust from there....




  
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Oct 04, 2009 08:12 |  #12

jgrussell wrote in post #8749236 (external link)
Definitely cool looking birds there!

albion14 wrote in post #8751360 (external link)
I like the angle of the very first top bird,looks great!

beaut looking raptor,well done

A14

FltMedic929 wrote in post #8752294 (external link)
Great Wing Span!!! Great shots!!

Cyclop wrote in post #8752452 (external link)
Beautiful flight series.

Brian Gatlin wrote in post #8757402 (external link)
Well done--I've taken hundreds of shots of these and know how hard it is to get this bird exposed properly. What exposure compensation did you use in the field? I usually start at +1 and adjust from there....

Appreciate all the kind words, thanks!

For these kind of shots of a dark bird in less than ideal lighting (gray skies), I go with a spot meter reading off of some green grass and plug that in using manual exposure.


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