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Old Feb 4, 2009, 2:16 PM   #1
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This young Red-tail was really giving me the stink-eye. :lol:
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Old Feb 4, 2009, 2:17 PM   #2
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A second look.dfs

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Old Feb 4, 2009, 5:40 PM   #3
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yep, he sure did.

first one is very sharp indeed.


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Old Feb 5, 2009, 1:40 PM   #4
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Very nice! Love that first one.
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Old Feb 5, 2009, 3:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the Chicken Hawk photos! I love them the most of any of the raptors and they are very common around here. In fact, I look for them on the telephone poles and trees when I'm on the long drive to get groceries. Just yesterday I saw 6 (2 on the way, 4 back). Trouble is that they are SO hard to get shots of. I've been trying to stalk one in this back acreage but he eludes me still. One day I almost got a picture of him but I don't know how it would have turned out since it would have been at the max end of my 12x zoom on my S3 IS--and I was perching my camera over a privacy fence and angling the LCD down to take the shot. Right as I was about to focus on him, he flew off. I've even had some on telephone poles where I would stop across the road and whip out my S3 IS, but he would only stay perched so long--and invariably with all the #@$% cars passing me and shaking my car, by the time I got a clean shot, he'd get antsy and fly away.

I once had one that killed a pigeon and perched on an access ramp railing and I got within 6 feet of it. Oddly enough it was on a college campus in spring 1996 and he just flashed his golden eyes at me and cocked his head to each side like he was studying me. He didn't budge--but at the time I had no camera! :O

So BIG thanks for sharing! Great shot. Yo...how about the camera, lens, aperture, shutter, etc. info on this? :idea:
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Old Feb 5, 2009, 3:42 PM   #6
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Hi, Thanks for looking.
I am pretty lucky because we have tons of Red-tails around here. I probably saw 15-20 on the 40 minute drive to this refuge. Then on the drive around the refuge which is a 6 mile loop there had to be another 10-15 and some of those were in trees that were only 10 feet away. The wildlife gets pretty used to the cars driving by on the auto tour so you can get pretty close to some. There was even an adult Bald Eagle perched only about 25-30 feet away in a fallen snag that was about 20 feet off the ground. I am spoiled.

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Here is the info you requested.

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 200-400mm VR f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/800sec
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 800
F/L 550mm (825mm 35mm equivalent)
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