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Duane N
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p.1 #1 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Normally I wouldn't go out with the threat of rain but after coming up empty most of the nice weekend we had I was desperate.

Another photographer and I were in no mans land (the furthest point from where we parked) when we saw the rain moving in so we decided to take shelter in a near-by building. As we approached the building I saw my favorite subject as of late sitting nicely on a fallen tree in an open field.

1. Riding out the storm.







2. Spin cycle







3. Fluff cycle







4. More spinning







5. The sun eventually came back out and the hawk started preening







6. I don't know why I took this shot but I did. I titled it "Tools of the trade"







7. How the Red-tailed Hawk gets it's name







8. Portrait








Here are a few short videos from the encounter.

1. Just hanging out waiting for the rain to stop.

http://www.3rdicreations.com/p773589702/e651c469d

2. Marathon preening session. He was really getting into it.

http://www.3rdicreations.com/p773589702/e6be53a86

3. The hawk was eating Cicadas emerging from the ground while we were there but it had several opportunities to catch a Squirrel but it only watched them walk around in front of it. I thought for sure I was going to be able to photograph another kill series but the hawk never left the branch.

http://www.3rdicreations.com/p773589702/e6b984ce4

Thanks for looking.

Duane



Jul 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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p.1 #2 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


A wonderful series of photographs!!!! Outstanding!!!


Jul 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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p.1 #3 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


A very interesting and well executed Duane. #5 is pretty neat.


Jul 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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p.1 #4 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Fine work Duane. You took a poor opportunity and made beauty out of it!

Tim



Jul 23, 2013 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #5 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Awesome and lovely!!
BeeBalm



Jul 23, 2013 at 01:50 PM
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p.1 #6 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Great set Duane.

Rob



Jul 23, 2013 at 01:54 PM
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p.1 #7 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Outstanding series.......great work, and nicely "up close," which I really like.

Unusual shots that really tell a good story, love it!

Gene



Jul 23, 2013 at 02:54 PM
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p.1 #8 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Nice series of shots...interesting video too...all it needed was Ray Charles singing, "Shake Your Tail Feather,"
I guess the Cicadas were easier to catch...and you don't get to eat those very often.



Jul 23, 2013 at 04:40 PM
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p.1 #9 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Very nice set Duane. Enjoyed the videos as well

Birdie



Jul 23, 2013 at 06:00 PM
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p.1 #10 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Fabulous shots Duane, excellent detail and colours
David



Jul 23, 2013 at 08:15 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Very nice images: sharp, colorful... and an interesting storyline.


Jul 23, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Duane N
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p.1 #12 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Thank you everyone,,,this hawk certainly makes it easier on me seeing how cooperative it is.


Jul 23, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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Terrific series, Duane, made all the more fun by the narrative and the experience. Terrific images of a charismatic species. ~Greg


Jul 23, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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p.1 #14 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Nice set. I especially like the last 3


Jul 24, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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p.1 #15 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Very nice Duane. I like them all, but 3, 5, and 8 stand out ~ Ron


Jul 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM
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2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 are outstanding Duane

Morris



Jul 24, 2013 at 01:16 AM
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p.1 #17 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Great set!


Jul 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM
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Great series Duane, got some good light and some character from the rain and I enjoyed it all!

Karl



Jul 25, 2013 at 02:07 AM
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p.1 #19 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Very nice set Duane,

I think the rain adds something, looks like the light was ok considering.

3, 5 and 8 are my picks. I like the talon shots too.

Paul.



Jul 25, 2013 at 04:29 PM
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p.1 #20 · Hawk in a thunderstorm.


Great set, Duane... Nice work getting close!


Jul 25, 2013 at 08:18 PM
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