The Neighborhood Raptor

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© Judy and Wayne Wanamaker
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UploadedMarch 11, 2012
TakenMarch 12, 2012
ModelCanon PowerShot SX30 IS
Exposure1/200 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length35.558 mm

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This redshouldered hawk and her mate live in our neighborhood. They have adapted quite well to suburban living. They have been helping themselves to some of the birds that we and all the neighbors feed; and have become somewhat of a nuisance. This one appears to be afraid of squirrels. One chased her off the electric wires this morning. As she flew into the yard to perch on the crooks that hold our birdfeeders, the birds made a mass exodus to parts unknown. She didn't like me taking her photo, so she left too. She and her mate are really beautiful hawks, but I wish they would hunt somewhere else.


24 responses


    JOE FAILK gave props (11 Mar 2012):

    Super Shot!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (11 Mar 2012):

    What a beauty !!! Such a sharp image too!! They are beautiful birds but I know what you mean about being a nuisance. We love our backyard birds too !!

  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway gave props (11 Mar 2012):


  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (11 Mar 2012):

    Excellent dof and pov---Great variety of lines and textures and colours--the clarity is amazing---bird shots are the best, and yours are always so exceptional

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole (Deleted) said (11 Mar 2012):

    Great capture.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (11 Mar 2012):

    A VERY fantastic shot Judy!!!!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (11 Mar 2012):

    You have captured him so well! The thaw in my backyard revealed remainings of a pigeon that was for sure killed by a hawk. I hope it won’t happen like in your neighborhood!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (11 Mar 2012):

    OM goodness ! this is fantastic. the clarity is perfect.... great capture.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Mar 2012):

    An excellent capture Judy!!!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (12 Mar 2012):

    Great capture! These birds are so majestic and beautiful. Unfortunately they are dangerous when you have bird feeders like we do. Just have to do the best you can. Nature takes it course and you don't always agree with the results.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (13 Mar 2012):

    What a great shot!! I wonder if the wild life rescue people could move them somewhere for you. She is beautiful.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (13 Mar 2012):

    What a beautiful bird, great shot Judy..

  • abel

    abel gave props (13 Mar 2012):

    great shot.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (14 Mar 2012):

    Great shot! How sad that these hawks who are so beautiful like to kill song birds...I am glad the squirrels known to be nuisances too are chasing them off..I was heart sick awhile back to see a hawk grab a chickadee off the branch while it was singing to me...Somehow I felt responsible because it had its attention on me and let down its guard.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    Outstanding shot of this beautiful and majestic bird. Wish he and his mate would hunt elsewhere.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    Great shot. Indeed- they need to go to the woods.... Mine too. WHen u see many feathers falling from a tree- LOTS of them...u know there is a good reason. sadly.

  • Ævar B. Jak.

    Ævar B. Jak. gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    Great shot!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    Magnificent capture!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (19 Mar 2012):

    Awesome detail!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    Magnificent raptor capture :) Bet they discuss how neighborly everyone in the area is to kindly lay out bird-feeders for them ;)

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    Awesome capture, Judy. Like you, I find such beauty in these Hawks but wish they would hunt away from our yards. We have a Hawk that comes to our yard off and on. I cannot tell if it is a red shouldered or a red tailed Hawk, but I think that I have it narrowed down to either one of these! It's hard to tell from the shot that I got of it.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (26 Mar 2012):

    What a wonderful close-up capture! The red-tailed hawks frequent our area.. once in awhile they take birds that frequent our feeders too, an easy meal I guess, but there are fields full of mice they could go after..

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    great great shot!!!

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    What an awesome bird,love it.

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