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Nordic raptors in autumn

  
 
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Been able to travel again so finally been able to shoot something else than squirrels. These are from Finland except for the buzzard.

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Juvenile eagle by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Golden eagle in autumn by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Sparrow Hawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Sparrow Hawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Sparrow Hawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Young goshawk chasing raven by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Juvenile goshawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Golden eagle in autumn by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Golden eagle in autumn by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Common Buzzard by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Juvenile goshawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Juvenile goshawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Eagle and squirrel by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Sparrow Hawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Sparrow Hawk by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Common Buzzard by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Common Buzzard by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Eagle owl by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

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Golden eagle in autumn by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr

20. Bonus, including a mammal!


Eagle and wolf by Morten Smedsrud, on Flickr



Oct 30, 2021 at 01:12 PM
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Great set of images. These definitely beat squirrel shots. I particularly like #6 and #18.

Dave



Oct 30, 2021 at 01:31 PM
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Amazing set of images, Morten! The sparrow hawk looks like a species between peregrine falcons and American kestrels; also the size, it seems. The eagle owl in #18 is my top pick, especially since I have not seen that bird in real life, let alone photographed it.

Joshua



Oct 30, 2021 at 01:43 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Amazing set of images, Morten! The sparrow hawk looks like a species between peregrine falcons and American kestrels; also the size, it seems. The eagle owl in #18 is my top pick, especially since I have not seen that bird in real life, let alone photographed it.

Joshua


Thanks, judging from Wikipedia the sparrow hawk is slightly larger than the American kestrel and about same size as a merlin.



Oct 30, 2021 at 02:51 PM
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randomguy wrote:
Thanks, judging from Wikipedia the sparrow hawk is slightly larger than the American kestrel and about same size as a merlin.


Thatís exactly what I meant, between peregrine falcons and American kestrels in size.



Oct 30, 2021 at 02:57 PM
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What an amazing collection of raptors ! Great subject matter and beautiful colors. Easy vote !!
Gary



Oct 30, 2021 at 04:14 PM
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Great series. Very well done. I like the owl, particularly since I have never seen one in the wild. They don't hang around here in South Florida.

John D



Oct 30, 2021 at 06:35 PM
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Superb and varied set Morten.

Morris



Oct 30, 2021 at 07:50 PM
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Beautiful photos and lots of them!
A great pleasure the see them.
Voted.

Dave



Oct 30, 2021 at 09:13 PM
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what a delightful set of raptor shots, Morten. a very easy vote from me.


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A beautiful series of all my favorites birds, #18 is also a little dream for me.
Gerard



Oct 31, 2021 at 09:20 AM
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Love all these. Definitely earned my vote.


Oct 31, 2021 at 09:54 AM
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Really nice set. Excellent IQ on all. Well done.


Oct 31, 2021 at 10:29 PM
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Stunning work!!! All a treat to view, but 14, 18, 19 and 20 really stood out for me.

Birdie



Nov 01, 2021 at 10:01 AM
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Quite the raptor set. Great work!


Nov 01, 2021 at 11:44 AM
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Lovely series of some of my favorite subjects!


Nov 01, 2021 at 10:14 PM
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randomguy wrote:
Thanks, judging from Wikipedia the sparrow hawk is slightly larger than the American kestrel and about same size as a merlin.


As a acciptiter, it seems to be a little smaller than a Coopers and a little larger than a Sharp Shin but knowing how they vary in size, especially between male & female, I would say it is closer to a Sharp Shin. Really enjoyable gallery. How long are you in the hide to catch this much action?



Nov 02, 2021 at 04:14 AM
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Wonderful shots, Morten! Voted.


Nov 02, 2021 at 09:38 AM
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Thanks all!

mogul wrote:
As a acciptiter, it seems to be a little smaller than a Coopers and a little larger than a Sharp Shin but knowing how they vary in size, especially between male & female, I would say it is closer to a Sharp Shin. Really enjoyable gallery. How long are you in the hide to catch this much action?


Not familiar with American hawks but I think you are correct on the size.

Spend 4 days in golden eagle hide. A couple of those days the sparrow hawks where chasing eurasian jays constantly for hours. Unfortunately I wasn't able to capture a successful image with both jay and hawk, those can be fantastic as the jays scream loudly and every feather on their head stands up so they look really panicked.

2 nights on the eagle owl and 1 day in a bog hide where 2 young goshawks where chasing ravens non stop around some nearby trees for a couple of hours.



Nov 02, 2021 at 10:20 AM
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Top notch.

Pius



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