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Old Mar 18, 2014, 12:52 PM   #11
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Those are excellent captures Ramcewan; thank you for sharing those. It also shows that the 70-300 is still a worthwhile piece to keep in a photographer's inventory.

It is definitely a Red Shouldered Hawk, but it is interesting how it looks with its' feathers fluffed up. We have several in my neighborhood, including a pair who live in the woods behind my house. Your hawks look bigger than the ones at my house. But I have never seen one with the feathers fluffed out before, maybe that is why they look larger. I guess that must be because of the colder temperatures where you live. Here is a picture of one of my local hawks; you can see the difference.

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Old Mar 19, 2014, 7:09 AM   #12
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Those are excellent captures Ramcewan; thank you for sharing those. It also shows that the 70-300 is still a worthwhile piece to keep in a photographer's inventory.

It is definitely a Red Shouldered Hawk, but it is interesting how it looks with its' feathers fluffed up. We have several in my neighborhood, including a pair who live in the woods behind my house. Your hawks look bigger than the ones at my house. But I have never seen one with the feathers fluffed out before, maybe that is why they look larger. I guess that must be because of the colder temperatures where you live. Here is a picture of one of my local hawks; you can see the difference.
That's a nice capture you have too. I think the feather's are puffed because it was a cold night (19 F) and still early in the morning so it hadn't warmed up too much.

One other time I got a chance to shoot this bird (or maybe another one) was also cold and blustery, February 2013 late in the day, again the bird is very puffed up.


Red Shouldered Hawk by ramcewan, on Flickr

I also shot this one in April of 2012, just as the leaves were coming out. I think this is either a juvenile red shoulder or a different hawk altogether, but either way this was a warm 50 degree day and you can see the bird is not puffed out.

Once the leaves come out it is very hard to find this bird, I know it's there and have even seen it come down our driveway at the 2nd floor level with prey but damned if I can actually catch it perched in plain view.


Hawk Eye in woods 20120428 by ramcewan, on Flickr
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