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p.1 #1 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


This is a year around resident of Tucson as are many Cooper's hawks. This female is a frequent visitor to my water feature in my front yard. She comes to drink and bathe (in the same water, how ladylike is that?). Her schedule varies but is often mid day, when it's hot.



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  Canon EOS 50D    EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens    176mm    f/16.0    1/250s    200 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  Canon EOS 50D    EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens    236mm    f/16.0    1/250s    200 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  Canon EOS 50D    EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens    236mm    f/16.0    1/320s    200 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Mar 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM
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Nice capture, Norm. Have you looked up her banding info? On my monitor, it looks like you might have pushed the blacks a little far in PP (especially the first photo). Also, photos 1 and 2 would've worked better with a larger aperture (f/16 is going to bring in all the background detail, which detracts from your great subject).

In PP you can always mask out the bird and perform a Gaussian blur on the background (but that's cheating!! ) Anyway, looks like you have a pretty sweet front yard!

Hank



Mar 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #3 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


Awwwwwwwesome


Mar 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
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Well seen and captured Norm, good job.
David



Mar 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM
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p.1 #5 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


Fantastic captures Norm!

Ted



Mar 30, 2012 at 06:42 PM
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p.1 #6 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


Uhhhh, is it just me or did some nearsighted Ornithologist band the left leg with the word "OWL"?


Mar 30, 2012 at 06:43 PM
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hchristensen wrote:
Nice capture, Norm. Have you looked up her banding info? On my monitor, it looks like you might have pushed the blacks a little far in PP (especially the first photo). Also, photos 1 and 2 would've worked better with a larger aperture (f/16 is going to bring in all the background detail, which detracts from your great subject).

In PP you can always mask out the bird and perform a Gaussian blur on the background (but that's cheating!! ) Anyway, looks like you have a pretty sweet front yard!

Hank


Thanks Hank for your suggestions. I'm not sure what you mean by "pushed the blacks." The only thing I did was lighten shadows by about 25% in Photoshop Elements 10. The light was very harsh at midday. As to blurring the background, I know I'm in the minority but as a biologist I like to portray my subjects as I see them. When I look at an animal, the background isn't blurry, that's what the camera sees. That said, I'm not a purist to this doctrine because I will clone out a distracting limb that gets in the way.

The biologist who banded the bird is a very close friend of mine and I know her history. She is pretty mellow for a Cooper's hawk.Once in the past, I blundered out the front door, which is about 20 feet from where she is in the last photo, and walked away from her and she didn't fly. The male on the other hand is very skittish.

Thanks again for you suggestions.
Norm



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Mar 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


That's what I call a "welcome" visitor


Mar 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
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Conrad Tan wrote:
Awwwwwwwesome


Conrad, Thaaaaaaank you! Glad you like it.
Norm



Mar 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM
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David Leask wrote:
Well seen and captured Norm, good job.
David


Thanks David, I appreciate you looking and commenting.
Norm



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Ted ellis wrote:
Fantastic captures Norm!

Ted


Thanks Ted, I've been trying to get some in flight shots of her, but about all I've been able to get are blurry butt shots.

Norm



Mar 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
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dwerther wrote:
Uhhhh, is it just me or did some nearsighted Ornithologist band the left leg with the word "OWL"?



I've forgotten what the third letter is, but it's not L.
Norm



Mar 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
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tfoltz wrote:
That's what I call a "welcome" visitor


Tim. I agree 100%.
Norm



Mar 30, 2012 at 07:42 PM
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p.1 #14 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


Wow! Nice close ups. What were you shooting? Edit: I see your meta data now...:-)

I got some decent shots of a Cooper's yesterday but so close. Maybe I'll post as they are in flight, just nothing like these. nice job!

JQ

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Mar 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
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p.1 #15 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


Gorgeous lady Norm! Third one is my pic, lucky you to have her visit frequently.

Mike



Mar 30, 2012 at 07:57 PM
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hk_mtbr wrote:
Wow! Nice close ups. What were you shooting? Edit: I see your meta data now...:-)

I got some decent shots of a Cooper's yesterday but so close. Maybe I'll post as they are in flight, just nothing like these. nice job!

JQ


Thanks Joel, I use a couple of 7D Canons and a 50D as on this one. The lens is a Canon 70-300 4-5.6 L IS. It is ideal for the setup I have. That last shot was exactly 20 feet from my kitchen window.
The window slides open very quietly (by design). When I see birds I want to photograph I can open the window silently and by making no sudden moves take the photos. The shutter noise doesn't usually bother them. About the only time I rattle off a rapid series of shots it is when they are flying anyway.

I'd like to see your inflight photos. Go on and post them.
Norm



Mar 30, 2012 at 09:18 PM
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mike717 wrote:
Gorgeous lady Norm! Third one is my pic, lucky you to have her visit frequently.

Mike


Thanks Mike, I still haven't located her nest.
Last year I had a mellow pair of nesting Cooper's hawks at a friends house. All was fine until Great horned owls killed the female. Now I'm waiting for their owlets to hatch and start branching.
Norm



Mar 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
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p.1 #18 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


all are very nice Norm


Mar 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM
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p.1 #19 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


Great set of this cool hawk Norm
Very well photographed in the harsh light.



Mar 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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p.1 #20 · Lady Cooper's Hawk


Awesome Norm! I wonder if she left a present for your Lignified Monster
Kevin

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