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Hawks are one of the most beautiful birds to photograph

 and are actually quite diverse in their color and

striations.

 

I photograph them as I see them so it is

surprising that I don't have more images relative to the

amount of time I have spent photographing nature. 

 

 

 

2017

    Descanso Gardens

Great

Horned

Owl in oak tree.

 

(D500 + G2) 

 

 

 

      

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2016

    Irvine Regional Park

Taken with a

P900 ultra zoom P&S at about 1,800 mm. 

 

 

 

      

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2016

    Terrace Rdg

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2016

    Irvine Regional Park

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2011

    Fullerton Arboretum

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2007

      

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2006

      

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    1999 - 2005

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The hawk is sitting in a Silk Floss tree snacking on a pigeon.  The image was captured with a 500 mm AF F4 with 1.4x

extender.  There was a slight wind but the hawk moved his head a lot which provided a catch light in its eyes in certain

positions.  Due to the windy condition and lens selection, the trick is to shoot, refocus, and shoot again as many times as possible until you run out of film or the hawk flies away which he did after I finished the first roll of film.

   

The dark color of the hawk and the light green color of the leaves of the tree in mid afternoon sunlight is a difficult

exposure situation.  The body of the hawk was under exposed by .7 stops to compensate for the dark color of the hawk

and the tendency of the light meter to over expose the entire image.  The background consisted of a tile roof which lent a

warm tone to the other greenish/yellow foreground.

   

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06/07/15