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Old Jul 12, 2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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This guy was on the hunt for a juvenile woodchuck. He never did get him. He was very ticked... probably venting, as he was VERY vocal. heheheh He stayed around just to make sure the woodchuck was not going to return. I can always tell when these guys around. The feeding station is conspicuously absent of customers.











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nice set what distance were these shot?
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Thanks. He was about 55-60 feet and captured with my HS-10 & TCON17 attached.
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Great pictures. Lucky you. What size is it? (Over here we have a smaller, "Sparrow Hawk" and a larger "Pidgeon Hawk" - The naming after their prey, not the size of course)

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Great pictures. Lucky you. What size is it? (Over here we have a smaller, "Sparrow Hawk" and a larger "Pidgeon Hawk" - The naming after their prey, not the size of course)

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Thanks, T. This guy is about is about 45cm tall with a wingspan roughly 3 times that. I've seen them take out mourning doves but lately their favorite prey seems to be grackles. They seem to have thinned out the population around here as the grackles don't seem to be as prevalent at my feeders and I LIKE that.
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Nice capture.

My neighbor has a bunch of feeders in his yard and he attracts lots of doves, occasionally a hawk will sit in the nearby trees and wait. I would love to capture this hunt but I have only been able to see the pile of feathers after they have fed. It's all about being in the right place at the right time.
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Nice capture.

My neighbor has a bunch of feeders in his yard and he attracts lots of doves, occasionally a hawk will sit in the nearby trees and wait. I would love to capture this hunt but I have only been able to see the pile of feathers after they have fed. It's all about being in the right place at the right time.
I caught these a while back. I heard a LOUD bang on the window and noticed a flurry of activity outside. This hawk (I think a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk?), had invited a grackle to lunch. I only had time for these shots before he took off with it. The ones of him making his getaway are too blurry. Sorry. Handheld with the E-620.





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Neat, can you imagine getting aerial shots of something like that.
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If got a shot like that, it would be a miracle... for me. I saw the hit and it was lightning-fast. That grackle never knew what hit it. Of course, this occurred about 18-20 feet away when I was unprepared. I would imagine if I spent the day out in the field and kept track of them on the hunt and knew what they were about to nail, I *MIGHT* have a chance at it. This grackle happened to be perched on a branch of my feeding station. He got about a half a flap in panic before the hawk took him out in a burst of black feathers and a flash.
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If got a shot like that, it would be a miracle... for me. I saw the hit and it was lightning-fast. That grackle never knew what hit it. Of course, this occurred about 18-20 feet away when I was unprepared. I would imagine if I spent the day out in the field and kept track of them on the hunt and knew what they were about to nail, I *MIGHT* have a chance at it. This grackle happened to be perched on a branch of my feeding station. He got about a half a flap in panic before the hawk took him out in a burst of black feathers and a flash.
Like you say, getting the money shot would be almost a miracle. I was shooting a Bushtit last fall when something slammed into it, or the branch it was on anyway. Even then I never got a shot of anything, not even whatever it was that attacked it. I think it missed as there was no puff of feathers. I also had the pleasure this spring of shooting two Bald eagles hunting what i think was a Bufflehead. Sadly it was in the rain so almost none of the pics turned out since i couldn't get the shutter speed fast enough to capture action. Never got a money shot on that either, eventually they gave up since the surprise was long gone and the little guy just kept diving as soon as he saw one of them.

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