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Fri May 28, 2021, 02:14 PM

A few photos to share

There was a Hawk nest across the street and the parents have been frequent visitors to my yard. Apparently, the young are out of the nest now and my yard is being used as a flight and hunt training ground. What I assume are the young have been in a couple of my trees for the last few weeks, on low perches, screaming their heads off. I have slowly approached them daily, and now they allow me to get as close as I wish. Estimate I have 100 close ups of these beautiful birds!

In this one, I imagine he is contemplating how edible I might be, lol.


Enjoy!



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HAB911 May 2021 OP
Ocelot II May 2021 #1
HAB911 May 2021 #6
dutch777 May 2021 #2
mitch96 May 2021 #10
Diamond_Dog May 2021 #3
RainCaster May 2021 #4
FuzzyRabbit May 2021 #5
elleng May 2021 #7
CaliforniaPeggy May 2021 #8
Blue Dawn May 2021 #9
mnhtnbb May 2021 #11
Grumpy Old Guy May 2021 #12
I_UndergroundPanther May 2021 #13
HAB911 May 2021 #14
I_UndergroundPanther May 2021 #19
HAB911 May 2021 #15
birdographer May 2021 #16
PatSeg May 2021 #17
HAB911 May 2021 #18
PatSeg May 2021 #20

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 02:16 PM

1. Raptor rapture. Great photos!

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Fri May 28, 2021, 02:57 PM

6. Raptor rapture. I like it!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 02:29 PM

2. Really good shots! So much fun to watch. We had eagles for neighbors at the last house

Watching the adults on the nest and then seeing the first signs of heads bobbing up to eat was so cool. The best was what you are seeing now, the fledging and the chicks testing their wings. The chicks would hop up on the edge of the nest and flap and build up wing muscle strength. At some point mom and dad stopped bringing food to the nest so the hunger drove the chicks to finally take wing. Some were good at it, some had lots to learn. One year their were two young and the runt just really did not get the hang of landing. He'd fly into the tree, try to flare his wings for landing and mostly missed the nest and the branches and would go tumbling down through the tree until some branch caught him. We called him Crash. It was quite the entertainment for a few weeks until he got his skills up. Every few years the nest would get wiped out in a winter wind storm. The eagles left about October so they were in no danger but the mess the huge nest made in the neighbors yard was a sight. Packed with guano and fish heads, tails and skeletons I always felt like we had the best of the deal-- a good viewing angle for the show and none of the mess.

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Response to dutch777 (Reply #2)

Fri May 28, 2021, 06:28 PM

10. "We had eagles for neighbors at the last house". Same here. I was fortunate that I could

walk to work and every once and a while I would see the "neighborhood" Coopers hawks flying about. Sometimes they would be on a low branch and I could actually walk up and get a good look see.. Amazing animals.. As usual I did not have a camera with me at the time..
Drat..
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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 02:30 PM

3. Wow!

Those are stunning!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 02:39 PM

4. Thank you for sharing this with us

Truly beautiful photos.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 02:53 PM

5. Amazing photos.

I've never seen birds eyes so well. These hawks have huge eyes. No wonder they can spot their prey from high in the air.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 03:00 PM

7. FAB!!!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 03:07 PM

8. Wow, my dear HAB911!

Great captures of these magnificent birds!

I'll bet the racket they were making was impressive.

Thank you for sharing!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 03:11 PM

9. What a gorgeous bird!

Your photos are stunning.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 08:51 PM

11. Wonderful shots!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 03:29 AM

12. Amazing photos!

I am seriously jealous! I love shooting raptors. These photos are beautiful.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 09:42 AM

13. Amazing pictures

I want to ask if I could use your pics as drawing reference of what a hawk looks like?

I have a collection of pictures I use as drawing study aids.
It's really hard to find decent reference pics

I have no hawk close ups.

Could I use your hawk pics to study from?

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #13)

Sat May 29, 2021, 12:41 PM

14. Of course you may

I would like to eventually see the output!

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #14)

Sat May 29, 2021, 03:11 PM

19. Ok. Thank you very much

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 12:42 PM

15. Thanks to everyone for the kind words

I owe it all to my Hawk family who are allowing me such close access!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 12:54 PM

16. Wonderful!!

Really great shots!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 02:13 PM

17. Those are wonderful

What kind of camera and lens did you use?

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #17)

Sat May 29, 2021, 02:31 PM

18. Nikon

Df with Nikkor 200-500 and D750 with Sigma 150-600

In head to head I would have to give it to the 200-500, but it is close. Sigma seems a little light on contrast, not a big deal

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #18)

Sat May 29, 2021, 06:32 PM

20. Thanks

I love my Nikon cameras. I have a Tamron 150-600 lens, but I think it needs to be calibrated or maybe it is just too heavy for me these days. Now I usually use my Nikkor 55-300 for outdoors.

Wonderful shots, thanks for sharing.

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