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Old Apr 27, 2006, 3:07 PM   #1
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For years and years I've wanted pictures of this tiny Hawk, and never got one. The funny part about this is that I see them almost every trip out. And what I see is a Pigeon.

These little guys rarely soar, rather they immitate the flight of their prey - the Pigeon. Indeed they are known as the Pigeon Hawk! So, I'm out there, notice another Pigeon coming by, and then it's too late to do anything...

This time I was inflicting pain on myself trying to shoot a barn Swallow, when I suddenly saw a "Pigeon" try to catch it. I managed to get off a few quick shots. Not very good, but my first of these neat little predators!

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SHARPSHINNED2.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SHARPSHINNED4.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SHARPSHINNED7.jpg[/img]

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 4:12 PM   #2
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Nice shot of his understripes!
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Old Apr 27, 2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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Congrats Dave. Every pigeon looking bird will be a "suspect", I suspect.
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Old Apr 28, 2006, 6:57 AM   #4
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I hear ya about shootin' swallows! Congrats on the hawk, #3's nice.
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Yeahhhh!
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Old Apr 28, 2006, 1:45 PM   #6
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Congrats Dave. Every pigeon looking bird will be a "suspect", I suspect.
That's the problem. If everyone is a suspect, no one is a suspect. So I gave up on looking for them. I also have a few grainy shots taken over the years of them perched. Not worth showing when you have to say, "See that bump in the tree? That's actually a hawk!?"

Now the Kestrel and the Merlin are both called the smallest Hawk, but some Sharp Shinned hawks are only ten inches long!

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