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Old Apr 15, 2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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I went out to a few of my haunts on Monday and came home thinking "Life is Good" :-). In a place called Mud Lake, I came across two photographers who were looking up at the branches withwhat seemed to me to be rocket launchers. Man, those lens were HUGE!!. And the tripods looked like industrial cranes (no pix, sorry). What they were shooting at was a Cooper's Hawk that was tucked up against the branches. It was a very windy day and the combination of wind and intermittent sun / cloud made for a very challenging shoot. Here are a few captures from that day.

Updated post:I discovered that this is a Juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Dan

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Old Apr 15, 2009, 10:14 AM   #2
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2. Over the shoulder look. Actually, there was a red squirrel behind me making all kinds of rustling noises in the dry leaves that the hawk seemed very interested in.
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Old Apr 15, 2009, 10:16 AM   #3
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3. Frontal view - the sun made it difficult to preserve the highlights of the chest - so I had to adjust the exposurein PS. You can see the effects of the wind on the feathers.
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Old Apr 15, 2009, 10:22 AM   #4
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4. Last one. This is theone I printed (8x10) and will eventually frame & hang inthe house (somewhere - once I gain spousal approval :love. All photos were shot handheld using a nikon D300 w/ 70-200 f/2.8 VR and 1.7x extender - my weapon of choice. Thanks for looking and commenting. Cheers, Dan
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Way to go Dan, #2 is my favorite of this set.


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Old Apr 15, 2009, 12:46 PM   #6
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Thanks Roger.This is actually a juvenile bird, as I've just discovered. Cheers, Dan
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Outstanding photos, beautiful.
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 2:31 PM   #8
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Thanks Julie! Have a nice weekend. Dan
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Very nice series Dan, my favorites are #2 ,3 and 1 in that order. I really like them all! Good shooting!!
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I'm glad you like 'emTerry! Thanks. Dan
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