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Old Nov 27, 2011, 9:20 PM   #1
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Cold, very overcast day up on the Arkansas River about two hours north of Hot Springs. I went to see the first of the eagles arriving to winter, but they're not here yet. I had camera problems (Any Suggestions thread) and I had an attempt to chase me away. Fortunately, it wasn't the Fish and Wildlife Service that runs the Holla Bend NWR.... but a very aggressive Red Shouldered Hawk. It didn't take long for him to decide he didn't like me or my red truck.



He wanted to make sure I knew who I was dealing with....



You SURE you wanna do this?



That was the last pass before the dive. I'd like to say that I remained focused throughout the event but the photo evidence is of a clear sky above...as I ducked, the camera went up. BTW.... he wasn't serious about it..... the talons never went down.... just a message to move along.

There were clouds of red-winged blackbirds throughout the NWR.... The sizes of the flocks took on near Hitchcockian proportions...




The NWR was established to provide a resting place on the way south for migratory birds, particularly ducks, geese, and related waterfowl. Today, there were only some mallards and cormorants, including one that was less than graceful in landing.....




All photos taken with the K-5 and the Sigma 50-500mm.

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Old Nov 28, 2011, 10:28 AM   #2
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Great series Paul, is this the hawk you almost lost. (sd card)

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#3 is a cracking shot Paul. And that is one bedraggled looking cormorant !
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Yikes! Birds everywhere! That sure is a lot of them.

Glad to see your recovered your photos.
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Great series Paul, is this the hawk you almost lost. (sd card)

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Yep, Ronnie....I recovered most of them....but the hawk was the one I didn't want to lose.
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Great shots, but you may want to take another look at the hawk - it is an immature Northern Harrier (aka Marsh Hawk - note the owl-like facial disc), well photographed.

And you haven't seen blackbirds until you have been to Louisiana!
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Glad to hear that you were able to recover at least most of the pictures - the hawk was definitely worth keeping.
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So glad you were able to recover these!

Cormorant photo is a classic. Hawk series wonderful detail. And what a crowd of blackbirds!!
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Great shots, but you may want to take another look at the hawk - it is an immature Northern Harrier (aka Marsh Hawk - note the owl-like facial disc), well photographed.

And you haven't seen blackbirds until you have been to Louisiana!
Thanks, penolta. I was going back and forth on the hawk ID, and finally settled on the wrong choice. The Northern Harrier is a hawk we don't see in South Arkansas, and I just couldn't get past the chest. I see what you mean about the facial disk.....and the white rump is very clear in some of the other shots.

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