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New Year's Resolution --------Take More Wildlife Shots!!!
3rd PlaceNew Year's Resolution --------Take More Wildlife Shots!!!

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Challenge: New Year's Resolution IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Date: Jan 13, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2012

I was shooting what I believe to be a female red tailed hawk. I have been following them for the last several months and this was the first time I was able to get close enough for any decent shots. She was sitting on a post and I was shooting away when all of a sudden the male red tailed hawk swooped down and attacked. It happened so fast. It looked like he grabbed her off of the post with his claws and flung her in the air. It was amazing to see, and I just held down my shutter to capture as much as I could. Unfortunately, being the newbie that I am, I had accidentally left my camera in macro mode, and was able to capture only one shot of the action. I think maybe they were courting and neither bird was hurt as they both flew off together a few minutes later.
Thank you so much for your votes, I can't believe I got my first ribbon.

Place: 3 out of 59
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Avg (commenters): 8.3077
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Views since voting: 3864
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 127
Comments: 32
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01/28/2012 12:29:38 PM
this is one of those images where 'great' comes into play. Great capture!
01/25/2012 10:25:02 PM
thanks for the explanation...I was wondering what went on here. What a great shot. Congrats!
01/25/2012 03:37:01 AM
WD Brian! I agree with MacDonald and am continuously heartened that true (not zoo) wildlife images are faring so well these days at DPC. Enjoy the ribbon.
01/24/2012 06:50:37 AM
DUDE! I didn't even realize this was yours! Awesome shot! Congrats!
01/23/2012 11:20:35 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
01/23/2012 07:13:15 AM
What a truly incredible capture!! When I first saw it, all I could say was "whoa!", and it's still my reaction each time I see it.

Spectacular shot, spectacular capture, well deserved ribbon! What a way to start your ribbon collection. :D
01/23/2012 04:35:59 AM
Awesome and great story too!!
01/23/2012 04:28:41 AM
Magnificent capture, well deserved ribbon.
01/23/2012 04:25:09 AM
I am so glad this ribboned, this kind of shot is amazingly tough to get. Wow, what mean-ass courting behaviour!
01/23/2012 02:06:34 AM
One of the most difficult shots in wildlife photography is to catch a shot that is unusual .. this is unusual and for that reason alone a lot of the rules are dismissed .. you didn't need to get the catch light in their eyes - or even show their heads .. it's a unique shot in it's composition and so deserving of a ribbon.
01/23/2012 01:29:27 AM
Congrats, Brian! Right place, right time, excellent skills in capturing this action!
01/23/2012 12:29:09 AM
Your first ribbon congrats on a great shot.
01/23/2012 12:27:16 AM
thank you

Message edited by author 2012-01-23 00:40:05.
01/23/2012 12:17:09 AM
So glad this ribboned. Congrats!
01/23/2012 12:13:14 AM
Hell of a capture. Not sure I've ever seen a shot of two predators in action with zero eyes between 'em :-) Grats on ribbon!
01/23/2012 12:06:38 AM
amazing catch. congratulations on the ribbon.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2012 11:49:14 PM
Great catch of the action,good detail.
01/22/2012 04:03:39 PM
Fantastic capture.
01/22/2012 01:50:09 PM
Great timing!
01/22/2012 08:04:40 AM
01/21/2012 10:56:30 AM
wow what a catch - excellent work!!
01/20/2012 12:46:16 PM
Well timed shot.
01/19/2012 12:07:03 AM
Wow.. if they're anything like this, you should.
01/18/2012 10:46:18 PM
You lucky duck! SPECTACULAR action! and holy $hit sharp! you truly captured the amazing agility and strength of these magnificent creatures, and shared it for the less fortunate to enjoy :)
01/18/2012 06:14:00 PM
You did an excellent job on this one.
01/18/2012 01:59:00 PM
What an intense action photo you captured. I think taking the vignette out would be something I would like.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2012 10:27:15 PM
01/17/2012 02:04:31 AM
No, no!! Great catch
01/16/2012 05:00:05 PM
Amazing capture!
01/16/2012 04:24:29 PM
Ohh, very good start and an unusual shot. What are thy doing exactly? Courting?
01/16/2012 11:57:13 AM
WOW!!! Great shot, definitely a resolution worth keeping!! 9
01/16/2012 06:21:58 AM
great capture!
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