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A Redtail Hawk's Blink
A Redtail Hawk's Blink
trevytrev


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Seeing the Unseen (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: St Louis
Date: Dec 3, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2007

A live, wild, redtail hawk that gave me an early christmas gift by showing up in the neighbor hood on my lunch break. Got to really test my new canon 100-400 on this and this was a lucky shot. I got her while looking at me and blinking her eyes. I'm worried some my think this is a fake bird but it's as live as a bird can get. I wasn't shooting to be in this challenge but saw these eyelids closed in this shot and thought that you do not usually see these so it fits. Guess we will see how we will do.

Post Challenge:
Top ten, nice! Thanks for all the votes and comments. I researched a bit online and I'm pretty sure this is considered the third eyelid, which moistens and cleans the eye. I think it's pretty cool that you can still see the eye through the eyelid. Truely an amazing animal and the squirrls in the area were scrambling every which way trying to get out of eyesite of this hawk. This is one of my favorite photos I've taken of late and I'm happy it was recieved well, thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.4394
Avg (commenters): 7.5882
Avg (participants): 5.6591
Avg (non-participants): 6.6623
Views since voting: 2774
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 198
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/25/2010 11:17:17 PM
full out creepy! nice catch!
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12/19/2007 12:54:08 PM
What a lucky snap of the shutter! Great focus and coloring!
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12/13/2007 07:30:21 PM
Whoo- hoo or something like that- that is amazing to capture the 2nd lid like that- Bravo, Trevor, you have really out-done yourself !!!
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12/13/2007 04:22:50 PM
Wonderful shot, congrats on your high finish!
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12/12/2007 01:57:18 PM
hey trevor .. brilliant photograph .. very unusual ... interesting how his eyelids look silver ... that lens looks awesome .. !! ... congratulations on a great place in the challenge .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/09/2007 01:49:21 PM
What an amazing split-second capture!! I for one have never seen a hawk's eyelids!! Your must be pretty quick on the draw! : ) 10
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12/09/2007 08:43:03 AM
nice shot but a little bit scary
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12/09/2007 01:33:32 AM
I have been amazed at the quality of the images in this challenge, this is no exception.
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12/08/2007 07:53:23 PM
wow - what a fortuitous capture - or does he have cataracts? :)
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12/08/2007 04:45:07 PM
Is this how they blink - without lowering their eyelid? Needs some foreword, I think. Great timing, if you were really aiming for that. If you don't win, it will still have a great use as a poster in some optician clinic.
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12/08/2007 04:19:56 PM
Sweet! Nice capture!
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12/08/2007 09:05:52 AM
what a timing !! whats the shutter speed? nice colors and very sharp. my 10 for the timing.
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12/07/2007 10:36:42 PM
Good Timing
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12/06/2007 07:43:52 PM
Great shot of the hawk, 8
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12/06/2007 01:35:11 PM
nice!
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12/06/2007 07:57:59 AM
Powerful image and well shot. Definitely my favorite for this challenge.
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12/05/2007 09:23:04 PM
i like it. did he realy blink or are his eyes clouded over?
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12/05/2007 04:42:18 PM
oh my word. How did you manage to capture that!!!
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12/05/2007 01:14:33 PM
Cool
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12/05/2007 12:28:43 PM
Gorgeous shot.
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12/05/2007 10:19:54 AM
great shot
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12/05/2007 03:06:28 AM
Nice capture
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