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Old Feb 10, 2008, 10:41 PM   #11
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Now, that first one is a fine action capture.

For those who are not familiar with these hawks, they are not as often seen because they habitually do not hunt on the wing like the Red-tails do, but from perches in trees, where theysitquiet andinconspicuous, unseen until they are flushed by someone's approach.
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Thanks, penolta! Another thing I learned about these RSH, is their dietis a large part aquatic species. Seafood, so to speak :lol:....frogs, lizards, snakes, crayfish. Hang out in areas where you might find a Kingfisher.
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Old Feb 11, 2008, 4:26 PM   #13
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Thanks, penolta! Another thing I learned about these RSH, is their dietis a large part aquatic species. Seafood, so to speak :lol:....frogs, lizards, snakes, crayfish. Hang out in areas where you might find a Kingfisher.
Out here in the aridWest they are most abundantin riparian (streamside)woodlands where voles abound, and in irrigated orchards.
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Are they after the Voles also in the orchards? Understandable they will take what is available.... can't remember where but a while back I saw a photo of one with a duck it had taken.

This is one I caught feeding on crayfish. Light situation was bad as I had to take this one towards the early morning sun.


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Are they after the Voles also in the orchards? Understandable they will take what is available.... can't remember where but a while back I saw a photo of one with a duck it had taken.

This is one I caught feeding on crayfish. Light situation was bad as I had to take this one towards the early morning sun.

As you say they (as will most hawks) take whatever is available. Dietary data I have seen indicate that our local ones feed mostly on small rodents - fresh water aquatics are scarcer out here. I can't imagine a RSH taking anything as large and fast as aduck, unless it was injured. Where trees are sparse they will sit on poles or wires, if near a likely food source.
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excellent work on both shots vp. i like the eye contact and catchlight with the first.

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Ooo VP! That first shot is a stunner! Love it! ....cheers...Don
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Old Feb 12, 2008, 2:39 PM   #18
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I appreciate the C&C Hung and Don. This one was nice to me :-)
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 10:25 AM   #19
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Very nice catch !!!
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Thanks, NHL. Not as brilliant as your hummersthough.
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