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    My first Hawk

    well Here are pics of the Hawk I got today. I really messed this one up. I has the Iso cranked and my IQ sucks. I'm so disappointed.






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    Looks to me like an immature Red-tail. I say immature bc the eyes are still yellow, normally in adults the irises turn brown (though not always). I'm gonna say Eastern? subspecies.

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    Thank you. I can't wait until I have time to photograph more of them.
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    My first Hawk

    Np! If you ever need a bird ID just gimme a shout!

    And nice pics btw!

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    Iso is way way way to high. Oh well I'm surprised they came out as Good as they did. I have been trying to shoot a Hawk for the past month and I see them all over but never get the chance to get one. These photos were taken at about 20 ft. I was shaking like a leaf! My adrenaline was rushing I was so excited.
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    Yes, they pretty cool eh? Well, less cool when their talons are in your head. But that's a story I'll save for a different time ;)

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    Haha. He hunk out for about 5 minutes before making a small squeak and flying away. Why don't I have this pics you ask. To busy playing with the setting on the camera and missed the take off grrrrr.
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    Better luck next time!

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    Yep. I'll be more prepared for it by then. I hope.
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    COOL! yeah I agree it looks like an immature red tail to me too. I'm not the greatest at ID's, especially all the subspecies and variations in raptors, but I'm working on it. I come from more of a photography background which then got me interested in birds, rather than the other way around, coming from a birding background leading to getting interested in photography...so I've got a fairly good grasp on how to shoot them, but I still have a long way to go with identification and such.

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    Iso is way way way to high. Oh well I'm surprised they came out as Good as they did. I have been trying to shoot a Hawk for the past month and I see them all over but never get the chance to get one. These photos were taken at about 20 ft. I was shaking like a leaf! My adrenaline was rushing I was so excited.
    with wildlife you sometimes have to push the ISO, its far better to have an in-focus image with some noise that is captured correctly, than an image that is blurry because you didn't raise your ISO enough to keep your shutter speed high...these look really good, especially for your first raptor! my first raptor was a ferruginous hawk and after that I was hooked. The symptoms you describe sound like bird-photo-fever to me welcome to the addiction.
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