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Old Jan 12, 2006, 3:15 AM   #1
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I guess my model plane RDS training is paying some dividends... Driving to a site this morning in SoCal mountains and spotted this guy on a pole off the road. I was able to get some photos before he took off but I was able to get some half way decent RDS BIF shots off before he got out of range. Now I just have to remember to half depress the shutter and hold for the AF rather than firing away!
Am I correct on the Red Tail Hawk ID or...?

Any comments, critiques or suggestions much appreciated!



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On the way home, spyed this guy off of Interstate 5 south or Bakersfield, CA...



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Old Jan 12, 2006, 8:29 AM   #2
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I am no expert but it looks like a red tail to me.
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 4:02 PM   #3
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Telecorder, Here is a picture of a Red Tail Hawk which looks alot like your picture so we can assume you made a good identification. Jim
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 4:11 PM   #4
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Thanks, Tiger; Now all I have to do is get the sharpness, focus and detail that you were able to get and I'll be a happy camper! I'm still having brain farts in the heat of the moment about remembering to half-depress for the AF to do its job
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 6:07 PM   #5
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My question is what is the white bird? I've seen them before occasionally, but only from a moving vehicle, it seems. Not bad for having so much backlighting on the white bird (whatever he is).
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 6:27 PM   #6
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Its my understanding itsa Great Egret...

I actually saw this group off of I5 coming back from Buttonwillow just south of 58 where the marshes are. I pulled over and grabbed the FZ5/TCON17 and shot a few photos. As luck would have it, the closest to me and my first shot is what some call a KFC shot (Chicken Parts)...



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