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Old Nov 15, 2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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Kevin thanks for the nice comments. I read the Google article on the Amur Falcon and it saddened me. I saw so much of this senseless killing of wildlife in Africa this year. White Rhinos in parks where their horns were removed by vets to keep poachers from killing them.

Here in the states things are not perfect but by all accounts much improved. Here is a link that is a lot more encouraging. Kevin thanks for the nice comments. I read the Google article on the Amur Falcon and it saddened me. I saw so much of this senseless killing of wildlife in Africa this year. White Rhinos in parks where their horns were removed by vets to keep poachers from killing them.

Here in the states things are not perfect but by all accounts much improved. Here is a link that is a lot more encouraging. www.newstimes.com/news/article/Comeback-king-Red-tailed-hawks-are-no-longer-on-108166.php"

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Thanks for that link Lou - wonderful to see the recovery of so many magnificent birds

For those interested here are some links to the Amur Falcon tragedy :

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic....op-doing-this/

http://www.conservationindia.org/cam.../amur-massacre

http://www.birdlife.org/community/20...agaland-india/

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news...ssacre.html#cr
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Thanks, Lou. These are really great photos.
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amazing series. Right time, right place but right photographer.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 1:44 PM   #14
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Beautiful shots, beautiful hawk!
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Fantastic shots Lou. I usually prefer wildlife photos showing a natural environment (as in your first several shots), but the hawk hitching a ride in the pickup truck is beyond fantastic!
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This Red-tailed Hawk was taken Monday on a beautiful clear "Indian summer" day. It was an immature and was stopping traffic as it sat at the side of the road in a renowned birding area. It seemed indifferent to all the attention it was getting. I was able to follow the bird on foot for about 1/2 mile as it went from roadside to trees.

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You did a good job tracking it down. When they are hunting they do not mind people being close at all.
I did the same thing a while a ago and of course it flew away from me. It is very difficult to get an in flight image.
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They look as good as the first time I saw them. Still like that shot of it flying towards the door.

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The shot of the hawk flying toward the pick-up is priceless! A wonderful series, indeed. Makes me wonder if I've done right by passing on getting the Sigma, I just bought a 1.7 AFA instead. While it's wonderful to have that extra range, there is a learning curve to it.
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What a great series! And a great story as well...
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 7:48 AM   #20
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Thanks for all the nice comments. The hawk flying toward the car door was one of those serendipitous shots that just scream for a title. The shot was not planed it just happened as I was following the hawk in CF high burst mode.

If you have to bet on luck or skill sometimes luck is best.

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