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Old Jul 17, 2005, 8:18 AM   #1
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On the way home from work yesterday I spotted this egret and stopped. Checked my camera over and set the ISO at 400 and dialed in -1 step. Didn't even look to see if it was on aperture priority as that is where I keep it most of the time. I really did scream when I noticed that it was on shutter priority from shooting with flash the day before. After shooting some of the egret I looked across the highway and low and behold there was a hawk in the top of a tree. I managed to cross the highway with some trees between him and myself before easing around to get him in view.These are fair but I really missed a good chance to have gotten some nice ones. All of these are at ISO-400 and shutter speed 1/250.

1. Almost to the ground. Tight crop, resized, FM and -1 step.
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 8:25 AM   #2
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2. Touch down. Tight crop, resized, Lev, FM
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 8:32 AM   #3
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3. A very tight crop of the Hawk. He was quite a distance away.
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 8:39 AM   #4
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4. Another very tight crop of the Hawk.
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5. Not quite as tight
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6. Just a full frame to show how far away. 400mm + 1.4x
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 2:25 AM   #7
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Great job on all of these Houston, and considering the distance you got some decent detail in that hawk. I've done that settings thing many times. :G
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 8:50 AM   #8
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Houston has a wonderful eye for framing. That is often something that can turn a boring image intertesting...

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Old Jul 18, 2005, 9:11 PM   #9
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Hi Houston,

Nice pics even with the poor exposure. Been there! As for an ID, I'd sayit looks like a light red-tail hawk. Your fortunate to get as close as you did... they always fly away before I'm close enough to get a decent pic. Best time is when they'reeating, they seem to let down thier guard.

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Old Jul 19, 2005, 9:55 PM   #10
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Normcar, Dave and Kent, Thanks for looking and for the nice words.

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