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Old Nov 28, 2006, 6:40 PM   #1
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this was sitting in the tree between a field and the pond. GOOD place to hunt. shot with the A300 at around 50 meters. cropped pretty heavily..i also had to shoot thru a lot of limbs. i see him a lot but this is the first time he's given me a chance. i believe it to be a red tail hawk.
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 9:12 PM   #4
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Hi Roy,


Very nice -- Take it from one who's been wandering around trying to get a decent shot at any raptor for the last 2 years -- and hasn't managed to get even one. . . Every time I'd get close enough, they seem be able to sense that I'm close to ready, and take off -- some day. . .

. . . in the meantime I'm jealous. :-)

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Old Nov 28, 2006, 10:35 PM   #5
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thanks scott,
these were practically 100% crops. i was not close! 50meters. they are not printable. i only wish i had time to set up the 500mm.. hopefully i'll get more. this bird is around a lot of the time so i hope i can get some thing better next time..

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these shots do not show that he's at least 16'' long above his roost..
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 10:40 PM   #6
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Roy,

I believe that is a Sharp-shinned Hawk!

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Old Nov 28, 2006, 10:49 PM   #7
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Nice captures Roy! Jim
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Roy,

I know the 500 is a pain, but I think that is what you need for this job, you might even want to set up a blind if it sits in the same place quite often.

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Since the only birds I've had any success with have been rather tame sea gulls, I'm impressed. It looks like the sharp-shinned hawk in my guide book and Tom sure knows a lot about birds, so I'llside with Tom.
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Old Nov 29, 2006, 12:21 AM   #10
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Hi Tom,

Yeah, 500 is a kind of a magic number I find. That's why I like to always have the 1.7x AFA in the bag or pocket -- makes a 300mm a 510mm in a little slower, but considerably more compact package.

Of course the hawk would wait for me to remount the lens and TC, bring the camera up to my eye, and would take off just in time for me to get his tail in the frame. . .:sad:

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