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Posted by Gene Gwin on Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:52 pm

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Photo taken at Laguna Seca Ranch in South Texas March 11, 2018.

Nikon D850, 300mm lens, 1.4 TC, 1/2000 sec at f/8.0, ISO 400.

Harris's Hawks reside primarily in South Texas and Southern Arizona.  My understanding is that in Arizona they are often seen in groups.  In South Texas, Harris's Hawks are usually alone or in a pair, but seldom in a group. 

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by Ron Day on Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:30 pm
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Gene, this is an absolutely gorgeous portrait of this hawk! An image with a regal pose, a lovely background, and super detail. Congrats.
 

by WDCarrier on Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:55 pm
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Best image of this species I've seen to date. Nice job, Gene.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:06 pm
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Very majestic-wonderful clarity and striking pose. Which 300mm lens did you use?
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by Dorian Anderson on Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:34 pm
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Great look at this guy! Love the super-green BG and eye contact.
 

by Mako_Elite on Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:42 pm
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Nice shot Gene! I love the green BG. I have some good shots of Harris's Hawk last year in Boise, Idaho at World Center For Birds of Prey.
Beautiful bird.

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by Gene Gwin on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:19 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Very majestic-wonderful clarity and striking pose. Which 300mm lens did you use?


Cynthia,  I have the newest Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens.  Wish for more length, but it's light enough to hand-hold and produces very good image quality.  Nikon's latest version of the 1.4 TC has virtually no loss of image quality and I would rarely ever photograph at less than f/4.  The sensor on the 850 is getting more from the lens than the 810 did, and the 810 was very good.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:28 am
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Very majestic-wonderful clarity and striking pose. Which 300mm lens did you use?


Cynthia,  I have the newest Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens.  Wish for more length, but it's light enough to hand-hold and produces very good image quality.  Nikon's latest version of the 1.4 TC has virtually no loss of image quality and I would rarely ever photograph at less than f/4.  The sensor on the 850 is getting more from the lens than the 810 did, and the 810 was very good.

Thanks for that info, Gene. Thought it must be the 2.8. Interesting that you don't need a longer lens with this combo-couldn't be better!
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by david fletcher on Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:11 pm
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must be viewed large. Nailed this Gene
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by Carol Clarke on Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:10 pm
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Such a regal pose and stunning portrait! Superb shot, Gene.
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Sharp, clean, beautiful bird with a beautiful background. Nice job, Gene.
 

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