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Old Apr 11, 2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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my first ever shot of a bird of prey. i think its a Harris Hawk...
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 12:59 PM   #2
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Wow John, great shot. How close did you get to this bad boy?

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Old Apr 11, 2012, 1:17 PM   #3
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I visited i hawkery today jj. Several birds of prey cared for there. This was about 20 feet away on a tripod but got closer still to some tethered birds. Rare to see birds of prey where i live and these sanctuaries are just about my only chance of photographing them. This one was about to catch his lunch.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 1:40 PM   #4
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saw a keeper training the birds, getting some of them ready for release back into the wild. they use different methods as some hunt in the air and others hunt land animals. this one was swooping on its trainer after a missed atempt at some food. second time round it caught its lunch flying about 50 feet, suspended from under a stunt kite in a field. it was a real treat to see such a magnificent animal.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 1:42 PM   #5
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I visited i hawkery today jj. Several birds of prey cared for there. This was about 20 feet away on a tripod but got closer still to some tethered birds. Rare to see birds of prey where i live and these sanctuaries are just about my only chance of photographing them. This one was about to catch his lunch.
Thanks John. I thought if you got this close in the wild you are good.

I have a few in the woods around my house but they are very difficult to get close enough to get a shot.

BTW: Love this shot and great job on #2.

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Old Apr 11, 2012, 1:51 PM   #6
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wish i knew the breed of this one, he was smaller that the others , maybe 10 inches tall. compared to the harris which was 14 inches or so tall. some kind of falcon, but my knowledge of birds of prey isnt good and they didnt have them in cages so no signage available.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 1:58 PM   #7
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they basically have the run of the land at the hawkery, several acres of woodland and fields. they provide shelter for them and care for injured birds. if it wasnt for the heavy rain i would have got some great hunting shots. one day i'll travel somewhere where i can see these birds in their native wilderness. ghillie suit still fits me so maybe i WILL get close lol
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John you keep sneaking shots in on me. Number 3 is another great shot, well done.

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Old Apr 11, 2012, 2:11 PM   #9
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lol sorry jj, im litterally taking them out of the folder and seeing them on the big screen for the first time myself. only got back a couple of hours ago, and once the kids were ready for bed i couldnt wait to get started on them. very little pp required as i got so close.
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An incredibly beautiful series of shots of really wonderful animals John!! Great job
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