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Old Dec 17, 2007, 5:38 PM   #1
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This one is not mine, but I thought it rather special and worth sharing. It was taken by a friend and colleague, David Huckaby of CSU Long Beach, in his back yard, and posted with his permisssion. It was a hurried grab shot, taken inbright sun, hand held (but braced against a door frame), and as a result the image was a bit soft and light. I took the liberty of adjusting it a bit, adding contrast and additional sharpening , and reducing brightness, then running it through Picture Cooler to reduce noise. If it looks overprocessed, blame me.

Taken with Nikon D70, 70-300 zoom at 300mm. His EXIF was1/2000 sec, f5.6, ISO 200, shot in RAW.

Edit: The prey is a pigeon - I don't know if they can handle anything much larger. The largest I have seen one with was a Mourning Dove taken from my backyard feeder. Coopers Hawks are regular at bird feeders everywhere(several have been posted here) and can become quite approachable (the one that hangs around my yard is not).

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Old Dec 17, 2007, 6:25 PM   #2
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wow. very dramatic capture. nice work with the post processing penolta. so what was the prey. i'm guessing a pidgeon?

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Old Dec 17, 2007, 8:37 PM   #3
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Thanks, Hung, for looking and commenting. Yes it is a pigeon - I should have included that and have added it to the original post.
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A super action capture. Tell your friend he did gooood.


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Really good capture, though I do feel sorry the Pigeon.
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Old Jan 11, 2008, 7:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for looking Roger and Calicajun. I'll see that he gets to see your and Hung's complements.
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Very nice, the lighting is great!

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Old Jan 11, 2008, 7:33 PM   #8
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Wow!!! what a real ife photo. Thanks for letting me see it.


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that's an outstanding shot,no matter who took it. as for the pigeon, well, there's this thing called the food chain, and hawks are higher than pigeons... it's the way the natural world works, and we'd all be up the creek if it didn't!
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Old Jan 11, 2008, 9:13 PM   #10
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I missed this one. Excellent shot and excellent processing! The team did a nice job.
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