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Old Aug 17, 2005, 9:42 PM   #1
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Anybody know what this is. It startled the heck out of me when I crossed the yard this evening.

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Old Aug 17, 2005, 10:18 PM   #2
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I don't know what kind of bird it is but I realy like the picture !!!

I don't know why but I can't take pictures of birds as sharp as yours
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Old Aug 17, 2005, 10:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the kind comments, Boily. I'll fess up, I sharpened it in Paint Shop Pro. I think I might have overdone the sharpness a little bit.

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Old Aug 17, 2005, 11:06 PM   #4
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He's lucky to leave your yard with all his feathers intact. LOL I'm sorry but it hurts to laugh right now. The doctor attached a water bag to me in a most painful place and I have to wear it until Monday. Bout as much blood as water right now. Good shot Bob. I see your still able to sneak up on them!! LOL Got to stop doin" that it hurts tooooooo much!!


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Old Aug 18, 2005, 8:30 AM   #5
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Great shot,Bob!..so crisp and clear..he looks the king of the world perched up there.I think he may be a Merlin Falcon..or a falcon of some sorts..not sure what you have out there..I am going by area limited bird book but I googled and found some sites and your picture is better!
..Dawg ..laughter is the best medicine!..get well soon..:-)
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Old Aug 18, 2005, 9:47 AM   #6
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Lisa, I just found out that it is a Coopers Hawk.

Dawg, Godspeed to a quick recovery.

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Old Aug 18, 2005, 10:08 AM   #7
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Nice capture!

I found one of these while shooting a local cemetery. I thought it was a decoration and started shooting it. I decided to get closer, and it lunged at me!! Thought I was gonna become a resident at the cemetery!
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Great shot, Bob!! Was it handheld or did you use a tripod? (or maybe a lance to lean on)

Dawg, hang in there, we don't want to have to send Tonto's cousin, Medicine Man Chopitoff, down there

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Old Aug 18, 2005, 2:23 PM   #9
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Hey Bob;

Nicely framed. It is a little over-sharpened, but with wildlife shots, you don't get to choose the shooting conditions. So long as you still have the original, you can experiment with it all day long. :-)

I don't know if that's a Cooper's hawk or not... It doesn't look quite right to me. It's a little hard to be sure, but this may be a Red-tailed hawk, or possibly a Swainson's hawk, but that would be a little out of your area. Try cross-posting to the wildlife section. There might be someone there to give a positive ID. I hope you got some more shots; you won't see this bird every day.

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Old Aug 18, 2005, 10:42 PM   #10
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Thanks for the comments everybody.

Dan it was handheld with the tcon. I'm surprised it came out decent as i had buck fever when i snapped it, LOL.

Tom, yes it is oversharpened. When i get a chance i'll ease up on the USM and try it on the original again. It could be a couple of different types of Hawks. I was just thrilled to get the shot.

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