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Old Sep 3, 2005, 8:36 PM   #1
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I have just processedsome closeup shots of the Immature Swainson's Hawk and enjoyed every moment of playing with the images of this wonderful bird. All shot with either the 300/4L IS or the 400/5.6L on the Mark II body:

I'm impressed with the thin eyelids on this bird




I love the way raptors can turn their heads 180 degrees without breaking their necks




Looking skywards for mama. When this bird heard mama cry from afar it would always look up and begin to scream



Beautiful bird (I was no more than 3 meters away when taking these shots with the 300/4 IS without any extender




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Old Sep 3, 2005, 8:44 PM   #2
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Really magnifiscent shots. That image of the eyelid is truly sureal. I'll think of someting funny and sarcastic to say after I get over my awe...

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Thanks Dave, it was a wonderful photo shoot and I discovered why this bird remains on the roadway, seemingly ignoring cars, trucks, and human beings. It's freaked out on a diet of frogs. Tiny frogs cross the road to get to the swamp area on the other side of the road and this little one chases them down. No wonder it appears so healthy :G
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You're taking us to school again, Norm. AMAZING shots!
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Old Sep 3, 2005, 10:06 PM   #5
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These have got to be your best ones yet or at least up there with all of your other "best" ones. They are magnificent. Every detail is razorsharp. I love um.

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Thanks, mullen and Houston, it was a great experience to get so close to this magnificent bird. I am so darned impressed with it and can't begin to explain how thankful I am that I got a chance to get that close. What a rush, to say the least.
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