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Old Nov 19, 2007, 8:18 PM   #1
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Although not as good as other captures that I've seen on here this was my first Red Tail. I didn't have the best vantage point seeing how they like to get ahigher view of their surroundings but I felt privilaged to at least get this one in my back yard.

I shot about 70 pictures (yes, it was very patient with me :G) but all of them were in the same position but his head was turned.









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Old Nov 19, 2007, 8:32 PM   #2
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Good capture Duane! They are beautiful birds.

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Old Nov 19, 2007, 9:57 PM   #3
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i like the first shot. good exposure in the shade. nicely done.

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Old Nov 19, 2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments....I'm trying to get the second photo to look somewhat decent in PS7 but having trouble doing it.

Oh well..I'm still learning how to get my camera properly set-up in different conditions...I have a long road ahead of me. :G
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Old Nov 19, 2007, 11:18 PM   #5
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Very nice!
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 10:22 AM   #6
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Duane, congrats on your first RTHawk!Hope you get many more. Dan
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 8:55 PM   #7
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Nice shot, Duane. I don't speak with authority here but I think what you have there is a juvenile Coopers Hawk OR Sharp-shinned Hawk. You will find them in more wooded areas and if you have any bird feeders out, they may be watching the activity around them.



Just to add....they will also be found in town where there are populations of pigeons,sparrows, etc;
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Nice shot, Duane. I don't speak with authority here but I think what you have there is a juvenile Coopers Hawk OR Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Good spotting. Getting it right gives you the authority, and you are correct. We can probably narrow it down a bit more, though-you can see that the end of the tail is rounded (it is square in the Sharp-shinned), which is usually a good indicator of a Cooper's. One works my bird feeders, too - it is particularly hard on the Mourning Doves.

Good photograph, Duane, and don't be bothered bythe error in ID - it is only a good photograph that enablesa misidentification to be corrected.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 6:36 PM   #9
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While we're on the subject of proper identification of Raptors because I want to get it right.

This is another one I shot in the same week....but was slightly bigger then the one I originally posted. I would say the wingspan on this one was about a foot + wider.







I have other photo's of this one that I haven't processed yet showing the tail if that will help.

Thank you for taking the time and responding.



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Old Nov 21, 2007, 6:50 PM   #10
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This is a Red Tail - maybe you just got the photos mixed. You do some nice worrk - keep at it - you will only get better.
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