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Post by PietFrancke » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:55 pm

the top hawk was being mobbed by a blackbird, and as it flew to it's nest, the mate came by underneath. The top hawk dropped the package (a baby black bird I would guess) and the lower Harrier caught it. I wish I could have gotten this closer, it is a heavy crop and not much detail to work with, but the pose of the catching hawk is unique and powerful - like a harpy.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:33 pm

A very unique capture Piet, you were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and skillful enough to have known what to do.......well done!

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Post by PietFrancke » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:11 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:33 pm
A very unique capture Piet, you were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and skillful enough to have known what to do.......well done!
I love the shape/form of the wings and the outstretched talons.

thank you Frank, to my credit, this happened 200 yards away from me. This shot was possible because of modern affordable technology, a good (but affordable Canon 7D2) camera and a 600 mm lens - you aren't going to get a shot like this with your cell phone, that's for sure. The main reason I got the shot is because I have a willingness (still not enough willingness mind you) to push the shutter lots of times. It isn't like we are chewing up expensive film, so we can get lady luck to favor us by being willing to shoot.

Now, about making it look good... I sharpened it a little, and that is about all. BUT... I am spending a lot of time at ctrlpaint.com, so maybe with a lot of work, a shot like this can be developed into a painting where it can be much larger and appropriate detail can be provided. And also in the future, I am thinking that this shot is a nice target piece for an wooden intarsia project.

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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:15 pm

I must admit the lower bird posture is fabulous

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:22 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:15 pm
I must admit the lower bird posture is fabulous
thank you Frank - here is the artistic version - the Gift of Flight!
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:07 am

Incredible. A gift you were given. I wonder how they communicate what they intend to do.

When we were living in Montana, we would go to a spot where the eagles were gathering to feed on the migrating salmon. I once saw an immature eagle snag a family large fish, struggle to rise into the air only to have a mature eagle swoop down and smack it in the head. It dropped the fish. The older one turned, dove, and snagged the fish before it hit the water. People applauded.

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:10 pm

it sounds like eagles communicate using head smacks. Watching them fish must have been awesome!

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Post by Psjunkie » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:14 pm

wonderfully rendered Piet

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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:14 pm

Wonderful Artistic version.
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Post by PietFrancke » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:09 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:14 pm
Wonderful Artistic version.
Thank you Ernst and Frank.

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