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
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 and in the Fauna Challenge . 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.
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