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charlespan
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p.1 #1 · red tailed hawk hunting


It's always a thrill for me to see a RTH hunting (or any raptor, for that matter). A couple of days a ago, saw a juvenile RTH landed on top of the lamp post; about 5 minutes later, he spotted something in the grass below, jumped down, I got off 3 shots. I was pretty close, these are all full frames re-sized for web; maybe next time I will step back a little bit, to leave room for cropping/composition. C&C always welcome.

#1:


Spotted something in the grass by charlescpan, on Flickr


#2:


Spotted something in the grass by charlescpan, on Flickr

#3:


Spotted something in the grass by charlescpan, on Flickr

Unfortunately, whatever he was after escaped. Honestly, I was more disappointed than he; I wanted a cute little white bunny at his talons in #3 (he caught one a while back in this area). A little critter won't be good enough, like this:

#4


A little snack by charlescpan, on Flickr

The lizard is just too small; or this little mouse:

#5:


Adult red tailed hawk hunting by charlescpan, on Flickr

A big colorful king snake will be as good as a white bunny:

#6:


Mama red tailed hawk with snake by charlescpan, on Flickr

But I needed the snake to be under the talons in #3, and it would be good if the snake tried to fight back; yeah, right, dream on!

Thanks for looking.









Jan 30, 2012 at 04:07 AM
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p.1 #2 · red tailed hawk hunting


love that first one!


Jan 30, 2012 at 04:08 AM
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p.1 #3 · red tailed hawk hunting


BeaverMan wrote:
love that first one!


Thanks



Jan 30, 2012 at 04:11 AM
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p.1 #4 · red tailed hawk hunting


great set of captures, that mouse almost has an innocent look about him like he is just out for a joy ride


Jan 30, 2012 at 04:18 AM
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p.1 #5 · red tailed hawk hunting


brian_sp wrote:
great set of captures, that mouse almost has an innocent look about him like he is just out for a joy ride


Thanks; I was thinking about the same when I first looked at this picture; well, the mouse felt no pain, because the hawk killed it on the ground before taking it up to the tree. Here's the hawk diving to the grass:


Adult red tailed hawk hunting by charlescpan, on Flickr


Adult red tailed hawk hunting by charlescpan, on Flickr


Adult red tailed hawk hunting by charlescpan, on Flickr

Caught the mouse on the ground. The mouse was just too small. Check out the kestrel on the right, he tried to get the hawk out of the territory.


Adult red tailed hawk hunting by charlescpan, on Flickr

Landed on the tree with the mouse:


Adult red tailed hawk hunting by charlescpan, on Flickr

Finishing up the mouse:


Adult red tailed hawk hunting by charlescpan, on Flickr



Jan 30, 2012 at 04:26 AM
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p.1 #6 · red tailed hawk hunting


The quality of those images is very impressive considering the speedey action you had to photograph.


Jan 30, 2012 at 04:39 AM
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p.1 #7 · red tailed hawk hunting


PetKal wrote:
The quality of those images is very impressive considering the speedey action you had to photograph.


Thanks Peter. RTH is not too bad, they are big, your pigeon shots are more challenging, pigeons are faster than RTH. Smaller birds are more difficult, this morning, I saw this sharp shinned hawk going after the kestrel, they made sharp turns, I missed a couple of good opportunities where these two were much closer to each other; my best one is this, they were not close enough.


Battle between kestrel and merlin by charlescpan, on Flickr



Jan 30, 2012 at 05:12 AM
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p.1 #8 · red tailed hawk hunting


So cool. Nice action captures!

Andy



Jan 30, 2012 at 06:17 AM
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p.1 #9 · red tailed hawk hunting


Nice pics of the RTH with prey


Jan 30, 2012 at 06:19 AM
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p.1 #10 · red tailed hawk hunting


great action shots


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p.1 #11 · red tailed hawk hunting


Hmmm....I think I've seen this RTH before... And that Kestrel, too! Excellent series and technique, Charles. I'm particularly liking the two pics with the still-living mouse, his eyes wide open. Makes you wonder what was going through his mind, knowing this was it?
Hope to see more of your posts here, my friend.

Best wishes,
Steve



Jan 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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p.1 #12 · red tailed hawk hunting


An interesting and good looking set of images. Well done.


Jan 30, 2012 at 01:30 PM
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p.1 #13 · red tailed hawk hunting


Some super images here.

The mouse shots with the poor mouse's face clearly visible are awesome even if they do pull on the heart a little.

Paul.



Jan 30, 2012 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · red tailed hawk hunting


Great job here! love the Mouse shot and the Lizard shot!
Really very fine shooting
Larry



Jan 30, 2012 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · red tailed hawk hunting


Nice series of action shots and close ups...that hawk is hungry!


Jan 30, 2012 at 03:39 PM
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p.1 #16 · red tailed hawk hunting


great catch. The one with the snake is amazing. is that a poisonous one?
BTW, how long was the lens?



Jan 30, 2012 at 03:42 PM
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p.1 #17 · red tailed hawk hunting


thunderbird wrote:
So cool. Nice action captures!

Andy

Thanks for your good word.



Jan 30, 2012 at 06:02 PM
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p.1 #18 · red tailed hawk hunting


tfoltz wrote:
Nice pics of the RTH with prey


Thanks, appreciate your comment.



Jan 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
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p.1 #19 · red tailed hawk hunting


kmunroe wrote:
great action shots


Thanks



Jan 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
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p.1 #20 · red tailed hawk hunting


Really great actions shots you got here Charles!
Martin



Jan 30, 2012 at 06:37 PM
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