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Apr 14, 2006, 04:29 PM
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Yippee!

Red Tailed Hawk - close up and personal!


I was out doing a sortie today on a construction site and I saw this pair of hawks circling near by.

I headed over toward them but they drifted off. I continued to circle and gain altitude and they re-joined me... probably thinking I was in a thermal... well I was in a " 1/4 throttle electric thermal" but that did not stop them from circling with me and gaining altitude as well. I was lucky enough for them to allow me to get so close to them.

I had to make a few really tight turns to stay with them and that bothered them a bit so they headed off down wind... very cool to be in such close proximity!

TOO BAD I DID NOT GET THIS FOR THE LAST MONTHS PHOTO CONTEST

Oh well... it was FUN!

CJS
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Apr 14, 2006, 04:50 PM
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Great shots!
Apr 14, 2006, 05:11 PM
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Now, that is close up!! At least the hawk did not attack!

Brian, an EAJ
Apr 14, 2006, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade
I was out doing a sortie today on a construction site and I saw this pair of hawks circling near by.

I headed over toward them but they drifted off. I continued to circle and gain altitude and they re-joined me... probably thinking I was in a thermal... well I was in a " 1/4 throttle electric thermal" but that did not stop them from circling with me and gaining altitude as well. I was lucky enough for them to allow me to get so close to them.

I had to make a few really tight turns to stay with them and that bothered them a bit so they headed off down wind... very cool to be in such close proximity!

TOO BAD I DID NOT GET THIS FOR THE LAST MONTHS PHOTO CONTEST

Oh well... it was FUN!

CJS
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Apr 14, 2006, 05:57 PM
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Congratulations!


CactusJack, I have long wanted to get a hawk picture from AP without success. Please tell us, with your experience under your belt, which way to point the camera? Do they prefer to fly above, below, beside you, under you? What would be best likelihood of framing them in flight? Or do they have a preference at all?
fish
Apr 14, 2006, 06:08 PM
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Way to go! I'm like you, "Where are the birds when you want to put them in a contest"? Great shots!
Apr 14, 2006, 06:22 PM
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Good one.
Way to go Jack
Apr 14, 2006, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by ghoti
CactusJack, I have long wanted to get a hawk picture from AP without success. Please tell us, with your experience under your belt, which way to point the camera? Do they prefer to fly above, below, beside you, under you? What would be best likelihood of framing them in flight? Or do they have a preference at all?
fish
I point out front, even "eyeballing it" from the ground I think is easier than pointing out the wing... in MOST A/P cases, but I was really suprised to see I captured them... Although I tried I was not using my video downlink to frame them... just eyeballing and luck.

I will say that most of the time I've thermaled with hawks it might be better pointing out the wing since I seem to be on the opposite side of the circle...

like today when I would get behind them to frame up they would just circle tighter... I think if pointed out the wing they would feel comfortable on the opposite side from you.

But I think LUCK has a lage part in all this too!

CJS
Apr 14, 2006, 07:08 PM
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Do they always circle in a couter clockwise direction (while looking up at them) or am I just crazy??

Nice shots there CJS! Don't get those to often...
Apr 14, 2006, 07:18 PM
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Very nice and unique shots! What a stroke of luck to have those guys form up on you. It must have been tough with the forward facing camera to not scare them off while trying to get a shot.

Good job CJS!

Gary D.
Apr 15, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Wonderful shot!
Apr 15, 2006, 08:38 AM
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Nice shots! However don't be seen flying towards them or after them. There are discussions going on in the DS and Sloping threads about sites and fields being shut down because someone was seen by a Park Ranger or Bird Watcher who reported them being "harassed". Even if they fly to you, stay away, as they are protected species and the fines and jail times are incredibly harsh.
Even picking up a feather from one will land you 10 years in jail! Our hobby doesn't need any more bad raps and laws, please steer clear.
Apr 15, 2006, 10:54 AM
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Air to bird


I was flying the oposite direstion, camera looks left.
Last edited by California Condor; Apr 15, 2006 at 11:26 AM. Reason: Typo
Apr 15, 2006, 11:03 AM
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Those are keepers!!!


Really cool shots.


Randy
Apr 15, 2006, 03:47 PM
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Best Hawk picture I'v ever seen!


CC:
This image would make you a great business card.
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