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Rough-legged Hawk


Posted by RichardMittleman/Gon2Foto on Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:54 pm

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Came upon this beauty perched on this bush. Tried circling in order to see more of the body, but it only allowed this much before it flew.

First time I've ever seen one in Southern California.
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by Ron Day on Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:13 pm
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Great find, Richard. Congrats on finding this rarity for your area. A handsome raptor.
 

by david fletcher on Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:43 pm
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Super sighting Richard
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by Karl Egressy on Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:49 pm
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Beautiful bird and image.
 

by Gene Gwin on Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:14 pm
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Richard, Normally like photos where you can see more of the lower body. But it works very well in this image. Really like the details throughout the image. Well done.
 

by David J. Bogener on Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:20 pm
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Excellent capture. Some negative space above. Cropping to 4X5 might also work here.
 

by RichardMittleman/Gon2Foto on Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:23 pm
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David J. Bogener wrote:
Excellent capture.  Some negative space above.  Cropping to 4X5 might also work here.


Thanks. Composition is often in the eye of the beholder. Appreciate your thoughts, but I like it as is.
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by RichardMittleman/Gon2Foto on Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:25 pm
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Richard, Normally like photos where you can see more of the lower body.  But it works very well in this image.  Really like the details throughout the image.  Well done.


I agree about hoping for the whole body, but birds don't always let you see what you want. As I said, I tried to circle around the bush to get more of the bird, but it decided to fly
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:01 am
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A double bonus! You found one in your area - and got this lovely shot. A beautiful hawk - well captured, Richard.

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