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Red-tailed Hawk - An exceptional photo opportunity.

 
Joe ­ F.N.
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Mar 23, 2010 16:27 |  #1

A mature Red-tailed Hawk kept many bird photographers entertained last year. He was given the name Co-op because of his willingness to pose at minimum focusing distance. This morning it appeared as if one of his off springs came home to do the same for six of us. I had turned the corner onto a paved road that runs through a conservation area when I saw my brother's car parked on the shoulder in a 'No Parking' zone. Knowing him, he wouldn't be there unless there was good reason. I pulled in behind him and on the opposite side of the road he was raising a lens into a tree and he wasn't alone. Four other photographers were there as well and two had tripods. On a branch some twelve feet off the ground was a first year juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, looking at them just as intently as they were observing him. The youngster stayed there for some twenty minutes before moving to another branch but still within easy reach. A police car passed us and I saw the officer look at the hawk and then continue on his way although we were causing quite a stir for the heavy traffic usually found on that stretch of road. When we both had some fifty shots, Tony and I moved our cars into a near by parking lot for safety.
The other photographers had their fill and also broke off the photo-op.
The juvenile left the tree and flew with us into the parking lot, we had just entered and took up residence in a tree close by. This gave us opportunity #2. When he eventually launched I was too close and the 400mm could only get him partially in the frame, except for one image. The session was over as fast as it started but that experience brought back a lot of pleasant memories of the mature Hawk who had performed so admirably, the year before. These are some of the pictures I walked away with. Though it was an ISO 800 day, the overcast allowed for good light to show detail in the plumage.

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Not often are Red-tailed Hawks as cooperative as this youngster. It was an incredible opportunity on a very gray morning.

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Mar 23, 2010 16:32 |  #2

Absolutely superb series Joe....you are going to need more ink for the printer :)


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Mar 23, 2010 16:38 as a reply to  @ sugarzebra's post |  #3

That's phenomenal, Joe! I really like #4


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Mar 23, 2010 16:44 |  #4

All I can say is enjoy it because the older they get, the more wary they are of people! You had a great opportunity and got some great shots!
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Mar 23, 2010 16:48 |  #5

I would add "Exceptional Photos".... what a beautiful bird & you captured the youngster brilliantly... your dialog describes some marvelous moments Joe... masterfully done.

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Mar 23, 2010 16:52 |  #6

Excellent Joe, fantastic detail, a dream scenario huh?


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Mar 23, 2010 17:13 |  #7

Super series of images Joe .... I am sooooo jealous!


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Mar 23, 2010 17:14 |  #8

An exceptional set of images, Joe. Wow! Every single shot is a winner and it would be really hard to pick a favourite, but if I were forced to, I would probably go for the first, due to the combination of pose and look.


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Mar 23, 2010 17:27 |  #9

bw! bw! bw! bw! bw!

I still hate you. :lol:


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Mar 23, 2010 17:35 as a reply to  @ Harvey_G's post |  #10

It's nice to find a cooperative one...and you found one of the youngsters. Great series. Hope you run into it again.


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Mar 23, 2010 17:50 |  #11

sugarzebra wrote in post #9856507 (external link)
Absolutely superb series Joe....you are going to need more ink for the printer :)

Thanks my friend. Thankfully I've run out of ink. :D

Snydremark wrote in post #9856541 (external link)
That's phenomenal, Joe! I really like #4

Thanks Eric. Glad you like it.

pttenn wrote in post #9856573 (external link)
All I can say is enjoy it because the older they get, the more wary they are of people! You had a great opportunity and got some great shots!
Karen

Thank you Karen.

dbriz wrote in post #9856608 (external link)
I would add "Exceptional Photos".... what a beautiful bird & you captured the youngster brilliantly... your dialog describes some marvelous moments Joe... masterfully done.

db

Thanks Dave. That's very kind indeed. We had an exciting time.

BGgraphy wrote in post #9856638 (external link)
Excellent Joe, fantastic detail, a dream scenario huh?

Thanks a lot Bret. It couldn't have been scripted better.

bhowdy wrote in post #9856749 (external link)
Super series of images Joe .... I am sooooo jealous!

Not good to be jealous Bob but thanks for saying it.

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #9856755 (external link)
An exceptional set of images, Joe. Wow! Every single shot is a winner and it would be really hard to pick a favourite, but if I were forced to, I would probably go for the first, due to the combination of pose and look.

Thank you Levina. I'm leaning in that direction as well.

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bw! bw! bw! bw! bw!

I still hate you. :lol:

You don't mean that buddy. I'll tell Daphne what you said.

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It's nice to find a cooperative one...and you found one of the youngsters. Great series. Hope you run into it again.

Thanks Duane. I'll look again tomorrow but I won't have my hopes up too high.


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Mar 23, 2010 18:07 |  #12

Well Buddy all I can say Many of Us get opportunity but really few Capture it with such Beauty!!bw!

I bow to your Talent!!! :shock:


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Mar 23, 2010 18:18 |  #13

Beautiful photos Joe.


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Mar 23, 2010 18:53 |  #14

Great set of shots from a co-operative bird, makes a nice change :)


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Mar 23, 2010 19:14 |  #15

Exquisite shots, Joe, and a wonderful experience.


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