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Challenge: Free Study 2009-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Mar 28, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2009

[Apr. 7th, 2009 11:54:09 PM]

This is a wild redtail hawk that was extremely kind to me for a bout 45 min. It was one of those days that I figured I wouldn't get any good pics b/c it was pouring down rain, but I decided to go out anyway in hopes that it would stop raining....well it didn't but I was rewarded with one of my better subjects I've shot in the wild. She was extremely kind to me, allowing me to follow her around a small area as she flew from tree to tree scooping an open field. She perched at eye level on many occasions, letting get within 10 feet of her. She really just accepted that I was there and wasn't going to mess with her, she was an amazing bird.

I watched her snatch what I believe were frogs out of the rain soaked field on a few occasions, very cool.

This is the same hawk that I entered in the Rock Song Title challenge ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1012/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_777595.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1012/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_777595.jpg', '/') + 1) . 'and in the Fauna Challenge ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1013/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_777863.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1013/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_777863.jpg', '/') + 1) . '. Personaly the fauna challenge shot is my fav since you can see her shaking off the rain but this one poised to do better in score, oh well.

Thanks to all for the comments and votes, truly a magnificent bird and day for me, these shots are why I dig photography, the unexpected interaction with such a beautiful creature. Cheers.

Place: 6 out of 475
Avg (all users): 6.8056
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 6.7568
Avg (non-participants): 6.9697
Views since voting: 2598
Views during voting: 267
Votes: 144
Comments: 16
Favorites: 7 (view)

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05/07/2009 11:35:17 PM
fantastic image and the way you seemed to commune with her is even more so!
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05/07/2009 11:10:29 PM
Wow. What an awesome shot. Great stuff.
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04/08/2009 04:32:50 PM
Bird master strikes again
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04/08/2009 01:17:37 PM
What an amazing opportunity! Reading your description of how she let you follow her around and take photos - I can only dream! I love birds of prey -they are magnificent creatures and your capture of this one in photos is just spectacular!
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04/08/2009 07:38:57 AM
This hawk has indeed been very kind to you. Another well done image. Congrats on top 10!
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04/08/2009 07:10:49 AM
This bird has been great for you...awesome shot
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04/08/2009 12:27:38 AM
Congrats on a fine shot, and great finish in the FS. Most birds do not like to fly much when they are wet, so maybe that is why she allowed you to get close like that.

Message edited by author 2009-04-08 00:29:26.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2009 11:52:55 PM
Too early for texture too bad would have worked well!
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04/07/2009 10:56:55 AM
Great stuff... love it.
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04/06/2009 02:04:18 PM
Nice capture
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04/05/2009 01:29:35 PM
this is my favorite of the challenge
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04/03/2009 09:50:37 PM
I remember this guy from the fauna challenge... I don't blame you for making the most of the time you had with this guy.... they are not easy to get close too. Well done.
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04/02/2009 06:32:46 PM
I like him better in the fauna challenge
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04/01/2009 02:24:43 PM
My pick for #1....stunning photo, love the look of the snow falling, so sharp and clear.
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04/01/2009 01:42:23 AM
saw another one of these in the Fauna series...great image, but the other one is better :) good luck with both 8
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04/01/2009 12:41:23 AM
Almost a painting. I'm curious about your shot settings and processing steps on this. This one is going into my faves list.
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