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Broad WInged hawk Screaming at Me
Lens: DA*50-135 f/2.8 SDM Camera: KP Photo Location: Searsmont, Maine ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/800s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: SSGGeezer, 07-15-2018, 01:15 PM

Saw this bird sitting on a power line as I was driving to get some coffee. The only lens I had was the DA* 50-135 so I parked at a preserve a few hundred feet up the road, (Where I park for one of my Osprey families that I watch and photograph.)
Then as soon as I closed the door, the bird flew into the trees and I could not see it till it gave its position away by the screams. It was a fluke that I caught the bird mid-scream in the one image.
I am headed back there with my Sigma 120-400 just in case the Hawk is still around, otherwise I will just look for the ospreys.

The in flight photo is not great but helped a lot in identifying the Raptor as a Broad-winged hawk.

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Not easy to shoot a raptor with that lens. Well done!
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"Lucky" or "good", that last photo is special
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QuoteOriginally posted by Janse Quote
Not easy to shoot a raptor with that lens. Well done!
Exactly! Keep shooting but that one with the scream may be hard to get again.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Janse Quote
Not easy to shoot a raptor with that lens. Well done!
Here he /she is an hour later from my Sigma 120-400 APO HSM.

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"Lucky" or "good", that last photo is special
Thanks! Here the Hawk is with a much longer lens. There were actually at least two or three in the area. I spent an hour chasing this one back and forth across the road to different trees.
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Very well captured Thomas. Having beautiful " models " like these to work with is special.
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I spent an hour chasing this one back and forth across the road to different trees.
When I chase one from tree to tree, it usually quickly bores with that game and flies off to another game.
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What a day you had ! You were alert and made some cool photos . tfs

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I had a similar thing happen to me the other week when I was out photographing Ospreys ( I had to say "photograph" just then, as I was about to write "shooting" but that just doesn't sound right )
I was focused on the nest, when the Osprey flew directly down and landed on the ground about 7 metres away, and started screeching at me, They're big birds, and I wouldn't like to get one angry.

Nice shooting, It's hard getting them when they are in the foliage, nice captures.
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I checked on the Osprey nest nearby and the little ones are big enough to poke their heads above the edge of the nest now. Too far for good shots but in all that show the nestlings, one or both has an open mouth yelling for food. Their feathers are coming in well but are not too attractive yet. Poor shot of nestlings, SOOC and heavy crop.
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