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Old Jan 16, 2008, 9:33 PM   #1
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So I walked outside today into my backyard and saw this little guy (gal?) fluttering about in the bushes. There was room to walk around on the ground, but the canopy was pretty thick, not leaving much room for those big wings of his I guess he forgot that he could wak out? Regardless, I ran to get my camera and went in after him for some quick shots. I probably was scaring the crap out of him, but he was so cool that I coudn't resist. Man, I wish I had a longer lens! These were shot with a 75mm equivalent lens and were cropped down by 20% max, so I was really close. After I had my shots, I started to make an escape hatch for him, but while I was doing that, he found his way out.

Anyway, not great shots by any stretch of the imagination, but it was an interesting enough story, so I though I'd share.


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Old Jan 17, 2008, 7:43 AM   #2
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Great story and pictures to boot! Thanks for sharing.

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Old Jan 17, 2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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Agree! Glad it found it's way out unharmed. Cheers, Dan
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Old Jan 17, 2008, 3:35 PM   #4
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The learning curve for youngbirdstrying to adapt toa human modified environment is pretty steep - they don't understand chain link fences any better than glass doors and windows - if they can see through it they can't understand why they can't move through it! Your trying to free it made it seek another way out than through the fence - good of you to try.
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Old Jan 17, 2008, 3:52 PM   #5
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The photos are a bit misleading I suppose, because he was mostly trying to fly up, rather than trying to walk through the fence. I hear what you're saying about the human modified environment, though.

Well, so far we have two votes, one for 'a-hole', and one for 'not an a-hole', despite the fact that we have, at the time of writing, 83 views. How hard is it to click a mouse in a tick box? I'm having a moral dilemma here!
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Old Jan 17, 2008, 9:45 PM   #6
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Nice series and story. I'm glad it made it out ok...cheers...Don
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 8:33 PM   #7
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Love that last photo, a great escape ending to an experience that one raptor will probably not soon forget
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 8:38 PM   #8
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Yay! It's 3-2 in favor of not an a-hole!
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Old Jan 18, 2008, 10:39 PM   #9
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Wow and all I saw was a great photo series to support a great story!

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