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Hawk in the Yard [Dec. 14th, 2012|09:32 am]
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Red-shouldered Hawk perching in a tree near the lily pond this morning.  Stayed put long enough for me to put the bigger lens on the camera and get this and a few other good shots.  
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[User Picture]From: EClaireMcLean
2012-12-14 04:10 pm (UTC)
May any mousies headed to the warmth of your house meet His Excellency.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-14 05:29 pm (UTC)
I certainly hope so. But this being B.lineatus, which also eats frogs, toads, small lizards, and small snakes, I hope she (from the size, I think she, but I could be wrong) will confine herself to the vermin, and let my amphibs alone.
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[User Picture]From: pickledginger
2012-12-14 05:40 pm (UTC)
Nicely captured. What a beauty!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-15 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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From: sheff_dogs
2012-12-14 06:30 pm (UTC)
Lovely picture, I hope she confines her self to rodents and that the amphibians are safely tucked up for winter.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-15 12:53 am (UTC)
It's been so warm lately (well, we had two freezing nights, but we're up in the '60s & '70s again) that I worry about them...but then I'm prone to worry about my favorite critters (NOT the hispid cotton rats or the house mice that also live in the barn.)
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2012-12-14 08:09 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful picture!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-14 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I got lucky. I was hand-holding a 400mm lens and my hands aren't as steady as they were 40 years ago(the tripod was over at the other end of our place, where I keep it to set up by a wildlife guzzler.) There were a lot of blurry shots and just a few good enough to keep. But that lens is a wonder.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-14 09:18 pm (UTC)
I should mention, there are a couple of other shots, all larger images than this, over on http://naturesbeauty.livejournal.com/3313808.html

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-15 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you...it's a beautiful bird.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2012-12-14 10:28 pm (UTC)

pretty birdy!

Handheld 400mm? That's very impressive, esp as it looks overcast...

Although I'm immediately reminded of a classic Far Side cartoon: birds of prey know they're cool
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-15 01:01 am (UTC)

Re: pretty birdy!

It was overcast. Years back, I lucked into a used 300mm Nikkor lens--a remarkably fast one--when a newspaper switched from Nikon to Canon. The outside shows a lot of wear, but the mechanics still work and the lenses had no damage and all that Nikkor quality. Snapped it up, added a good-quality extender thingie (that's not the name, but my brain's fuzzy) that made it a 400mm equivalent, and it became "Bird One" for me--an outstanding bird lens. Also great for taking pictures of perched dragonflies, and (if they're far enough away) larger critters. It's heavy (for me) and I usually use it with a monopod or tripod. Occasionally, I get a really good shot hand-held, but age is playing hob with both the steadiness of my hands (I used to be able to shoot sharp half-second exposures with an old slow rangefinder my mother had) and my vision--cataracts. Autofocus is my friend these days.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-12-15 11:00 am (UTC)
Gorgeous photo. I like the one with her (?) head looking to the right, but it's nice that you captured a few angles of the head. I can see how she moves (it's pretty cute).
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[User Picture]From: purplebookfairy
2012-12-16 03:39 pm (UTC)
Such a pretty bird!
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[User Picture]From: safewrite
2012-12-16 09:11 pm (UTC)
As a birder and photographer - well-shot!
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