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Thomas Sanders
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Went by the pond to see how much water they had drained out (quite a bit) and noticed a Yellow-legs halfway out. Since so much water has been removed I could actually walk out on a narrow spit of mud and get close to the Yellowlegs.


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As I'm shooting this bird I hear a Crow calling loudly to my right. I looked up in time to catch what it was squawking about.


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Forced the Redtail down into a bunch of trees and the Hawk was none to pleased.

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Took him 5 minutes to figure a way out of the sticks








I'll spare the Hawk the indignity of how he got out but it was a hoot to watch


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Tom



Oct 03, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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As they slowly drain the life out of the place.......

The good thing about that is the migratory waders may like the mud while it lasts

Nice shot on the long legged one Tom, super light and perfect angle. I'm surprised you were able to pull yourself out of the mud

Nice dive bombing shot with the gear down, I wouldn't want that strafing my back either!!! To funny in the sticks, spot on techs but I wouldn't call them clean shots He does look pissed and perplexed.

Excellent set of parting shots, who knows how long before the machines scare it all away.

Tim



Oct 03, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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Super shots Tom, good job capturing the hawk's quandary.

Rob



Oct 03, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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Excellent shots Tom. Landing shots ( 3 and 4 ) are super.
Harsha



Oct 04, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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The opener takes the gold!! Nice series Tom.

Bruce



Oct 04, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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Well done Tom


Oct 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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From peaceful to all havoc cutting loose!

I was enjoying the serenity of the YL and then the next shot got me going, amazes me what birds actually harass hawks to no end. I think those birds know to stay on the high side for safety, those are beautiful shots of the hawk and #3 is great sight to see with the stretch from toe to wing tip, very cool shot Tom

I hope something good comes from the pond draining

Karl



Oct 04, 2012 at 01:02 AM
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An excellent set, Tom - just love the last two action shots.
Lindsay



Oct 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
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Lovely work Tom! The last image is fantastic. Well done.


Oct 04, 2012 at 01:19 AM
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I like them all Tom. the last shot is my pick ~ Ron


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Went by the pond to see how much water they had drained out (quite a bit) I'll say it again... "that sux!"

Great pose with the leg up of the Yellow-legs in some sweet light buddy... good call on gettin' out in the mud.
Cool shot of the other demon bird harassing the RTH... RTH seems totally not bothered at all.
Perfect exposures on the last 2 with beautiful detail... would love to see a video of his escape.

Thanks for sharing your visit to the vanishing pond.
Great stuff!

Kirk



Oct 04, 2012 at 01:45 AM
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great set Tom .. i enjoyed them all


Oct 04, 2012 at 06:16 AM
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cool shots Tom, sure looks like fun.


Oct 04, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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Nice shooting, Tom.
The Yellowlegs is a beauty and I love the very unusual pose in #3.
The story reminds me of a cat I know. He is fully grown and easily scared off by wood pigeons.
Chris



Oct 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
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An excellent set, Tom.
I particularly like seeing the crow harassing the hawk- although I'm surprised that it looks like he's attacking with his claws. Those are for perching and walking on. I'd think he'd have his beak out front so he could peck the hawk.
Charlie



Oct 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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Great set Tom. Well done on capturing the crow / hawk action
David



Oct 05, 2012 at 05:07 PM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
As they slowly drain the life out of the place.......

The good thing about that is the migratory waders may like the mud while it lasts

Nice shot on the long legged one Tom, super light and perfect angle. I'm surprised you were able to pull yourself out of the mud

Nice dive bombing shot with the gear down, I wouldn't want that strafing my back either!!! To funny in the sticks, spot on techs but I wouldn't call them clean shots He does look pissed and perplexed.

Excellent set of parting shots, who knows how long before the
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Amen on the waders bro, there is a YL pair on the prowl there now!
Fun to see the Crow in attack mode as they always are when the Hawks are about

Thanks a ton for the great words buddy, there were no less than 8 pickup trucks there this morning so the heavy stuff can't be far behind.

Tom



Oct 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
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Rob Tillyer wrote:
Super shots Tom, good job capturing the hawk's quandary.

Rob


Pretty funny to watch Rob
Thanks kind Sir for you fine compliment!

Tom



Oct 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
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harshaj1 wrote:
Excellent shots Tom. Landing shots ( 3 and 4 ) are super.
Harsha


Thanks Harsha

Tom



Oct 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Checking the Pond


Cincy Bruce wrote:
The opener takes the gold!! Nice series Tom.

Bruce


Hey Bruce!
Thanks for the pick and thrilled you liked

Tom



Oct 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
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