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I always find myself without a camera when I spot a hawk. My time has finally come! I spotted this hawk while taking photos of smaller birds. He was not shy at all, but I stayed far enough away to not disturb his hunting attempts. He made several swoops at squirrels with no luck.

My first wild raptor - and the opportunity presented many keep-sake photos with great lighting (right before the sun went down)

Red-tailed Hawk
Colonial Park, Somerset, New Jersey
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
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:iconguard-of-the-citadel:
Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Photographer
Well, congratulations on your first hawk photo shoot!  And man, was it worth it!!!  Excellent images!!!!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. This is from a while ago and I still have yet to have such a good op with a wild Red-tail!
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:iconguard-of-the-citadel:
Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015   Photographer
They're hard to come by, that's for sure!  Don't give up hope though!
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:iconthe-rasmus-raven:
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011   General Artist
Awesome :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconthe-rasmus-raven:
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   General Artist
you're welcome :D
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dynamicimagery Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Wonderful shots. Beautiful light and colors!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:icondynamicimagery:
dynamicimagery Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
You're very welcome! :)
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:iconhoundofthenight:
Houndofthenight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Really great photo and the lighting is absolutely amazing! It really adds to it!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Couldn't have asked for a better time to run into this hawk :)
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:iconvon-morjo:
Von-Morjo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome :D
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconvon-morjo:
Von-Morjo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
youre welcome ^.^
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What a magnificent Red-tailed hawk! Such a clear photo!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Have to thank the hawk too for being such a handsome bird :)
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:iconrubies52:
rubies52 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
well done..... always nice to get rewarded for the wait..... beautiful
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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TTL-Photoworks Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010   Photographer
Great catch! :faint:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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TTL-Photoworks Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010   Photographer
My pleasure! :iconspazhugplz:
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Robin-Hugh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
What a determined look, powerful talons and beautiful light !

Great ! Keep going,
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
nice
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Saber1705 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo!

:+fav:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Sunlit-Soul Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I'm not a rabbit when I look at those talons...beautiful shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe.. thank you!
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
you've been featured here: [link]

:heart:
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KateSayuki Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg O.O next perfect shot! I want to be as good as you with shooting birds of camera's :x
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww what a nice compliment. Thank you! I still have a long way to go - still practicing!
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Herzkasper Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010   Photographer
Fantastic light and clarity!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! The sun was pretty low - made wonderful light!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
:thumbsup: wonderful!!! Congratulations :heart:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :D
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:iconcycoze:
cycoze Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous bird and capture.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! The bird itself really is such a beauty!
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meihua Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Wonderful capture :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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