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Old Feb 15, 2007, 9:45 PM   #1
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How/Why-wildlife calls-Hawk

I was stalking some elk when I found this Red Tail Hawk. I had good cover available and when I got to the top of a ridge I should have a opportunity for a close up. The wind would be in my face so camera noise should not be a problem.

He had no idea I was there I took a couple of bursts of around 5 each.



I used my crow call. Very soft and only 1 call. I wanted to get his attention but not scare him.



Maybe more attention would be better. A soft Elk Calf Call and he raised his head a little.



As you can see same hawk same time and 3 very different looks to choose from for a keeper. I decided to keep #2 & #3. I think #3 is the best because of his proud look. This is why I use wildlife calls.

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Old Feb 15, 2007, 9:55 PM   #2
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How/Why-wildlife calls-Hawk

I was stalking some elk when I found this Red Tail Hawk. I had good cover available and when I got to the top of a ridge I should have a opportunity for a close up. The wind would be in my face so camera noise should not be a problem.

He had no idea I was there I took a couple of bursts of around 5 each.


I used my crow call. Very soft and only 1 call. I wanted to get his attention but not scare him.


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Great shots. Roger

You gave me some idea to move bird around. Everytime I had a clear shot of bird, its butt always face me. Not the front.

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Old Feb 15, 2007, 9:58 PM   #3
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How/Why-wildlife calls-Hawk

I was stalking some elk when I found this Red Tail Hawk. I had good cover available and when I got to the top of a ridge I should have a opportunity for a close up. The wind would be in my face so camera noise should not be a problem.

He had no idea I was there I took a couple of bursts of around 5 each.


I used my crow call. Very soft and only 1 call. I wanted to get his attention but not scare him.


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Great shots. Roger

You gave me some idea to move bird around. Everytime I had a clear shot of bird, its butt always face me. Not the front.

Daniel
Hi Daniel and thanks for looking and commenting.

I am glad you got a idea or two. I use calls all the time to get the animal to at least move his or her head.

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Would be a tough choice between 2 and 3, but I'm with you in that I think 3 is a little better.

Appreciate your sharing your secrets on getting em to pose.



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Old Feb 15, 2007, 10:08 PM   #5
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Would be a tough choice between 2 and 3, but I'm with you in that I think 3 is a little better.

Appreciate your sharing your secrets on getting em to pose.



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Hello to YA!!! Jim. Thanks for looking and for commenting. Since I like to smile and getting a keeper or two makes me smile I think it only fair I share what works for me so others can smile more also.

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That 3rd shot is more than just a keeper! It's a put-it-in-a-frame-and-hang-it-on-a-wall type of pic. Just beautiful.
Again, very sharp considering that it's at the 500mm end and hand held.
I noticed that you stopped it down to f11. I tried doing that with my
sigma 70-300 apo dg when I took the pics of the american kestrel.
It's fine when I am taking a pic of a stationary bird, but when it flew off,
my autofocus only got a couple of shots and then it wouldn't focus anymore.
Probably because there wasn't enough light. Do you have any experience similar
to that with the bigma and k10d?

I also like the 3rd shot the best because he knows you are taking a picture of him and he is sucking in his big belly. Silly bird.
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That 3rd shot is more than just a keeper! It's a put-it-in-a-frame-and-hang-it-on-a-wall type of pic. Just beautiful.
Again, very sharp considering that it's at the 500mm end and hand held.
I noticed that you stopped it down to f11. I tried doing that with my
sigma 70-300 apo dg when I took the pics of the american kestrel.
It's fine when I am taking a pic of a stationary bird, but when it flew off,
my autofocus only got a couple of shots and then it wouldn't focus anymore.
Probably because there wasn't enough light. Do you have any experience similar
to that with the bigma and k10d?

I also like the 3rd shot the best because he knows you are taking a picture of him and he is sucking in his big belly. Silly bird.
Hi royce I hope you are having a good evening. Nope that hasn't happend to me yet but I am sure it will.

I was trying to get him to pay more attention but yet not be on full alert. I got lucky it worked. I think I am going to title #3 "Proud to be a Red Tail Hawk"

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Very good especially against that bright sky.
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Very good especially against that bright sky.
Hi to YA!!!! Rodney9, thanks for the kind comment and for taking the time to look.

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Super pictures Roger! How close would you estimate you were when you took the shots? Jim
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