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This is at extreme telephoto range (~800' away), on a heavily overcast late afternoon, and snowing! It amazes me that the camera actually resolved significant detail under those conditions. It took some Photoshop to adjust lighting, contrast and color balance. It's not a portfolio print, but it's presentable.

I'm not sure what kind of hawk it is. When I unpack my field guides, I'll see what I can find out. There aren't that many hawks that winter over here, and that speckled back may be specific to one of them.

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niccolino59

He's surveying the landscape. Guess he's gotta eat too, dondi!

robryan

That's amazing dondi!

roerick3

Incredible and you can see the red tail just under the body on the right of the picture in that triangle of open space of the branches. Wish I could draw a red circle around it and it would show up on your screen. Wouldn't that be neat??? Your picture is incredible---great camera you have.

smllpkg101

I don't know about portfolio prints, but I think this is pretty amazing for the conditions you describe.

dondi

It's a red-tail. I was just out, and it was in a tree about 300' closer. But as I moved to the end of the driveway (40' closer), it flew farther away (not a good trade). As I stopped and prepared to take a picture, it flew again, and I snapped a "what the hell" picture - which clearly shows the red tail as the hawk is in flight.

dondi

It was definitely a buteo, and bigger than a crow, at least in bulk and wingspan.

Great photo! Congratulations!

I find hawk plumage an unreliable ID mark as it varies so much. Relative size is a good ID tip. Could you judge if it was the size of a pigeon, say, or a crow? Another tip: is the end of the tail curved or straight? If flying, the shape of the wings. But first and foremost find out which hawks are more often seen in your area.

grandmalucy

Wow , what more can i add. wow.

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