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DanP

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Dec 8, 2014
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Does look like a Cooper's hawk to me in the first two. The third might be a juvenile Cooper's Hawk but it is hard to differentiate from the Sharp-Skinned.
Thanks for your input JPAZ. This was the first and only time I saw a Cooper's hawk in the area (and the only time I've ever seen one). I turned around at it was just sitting there. I took a few pictures before trying to creep closer, but as soon as I moved it took off. I haven't seen it since. I've never seen a Sharp-Shinned hawk. There is an adult Rough-legged hawk in the area, so I think jmeyer's id (further on in this chain) of Rough-legged hawk makes perfect sense. Hawks seem to have so many morphs it's hard for an amateur to tell the difference between some of the hawk species. The adult vs. juvenile differences make it even more complex.
 
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DanP

EOS M6 Mark II
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Dec 8, 2014
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The first two are Cooper's Hawk and the last one is a Rough-legged Hawk. Nice shots!

Jeremy
Thanks Jeremy. I will go with Cooper's hawk and Rough-legged hawk . Do you think the rough-legged hawk is a juvenile? There is at least one adult in the area, and I think it is a female.
 

ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
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Apr 30, 2017
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I was able to watch a Merlin eat a Dark-eyed Junco this afternoon, on my way home from work. Perfect timing, I guess! But beware, the following photos are not for the faint-hearted. 7D mkll / EF 600 f4 ll / 1.4x lll

Jeremy

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After fainting for a moment I only can say "great shots" :)!
 
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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
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Apr 30, 2017
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Very nice shots, ISv. I especially like the first one. Well done.
The difference is that the first one was taken when I was entering the spot - still enthusiastic to see the Black-footed Albatross! The last two were taken on my way back when I was very disappointed... The only good thing that happen shortly after that was a meeting a woman on her way to the spot. She noticed my camera and asked: "Did you see the Black-footed"? - "No, it's not there" - "OMG don't tell me this - it's my fifth attempt to see it".
I immediately started feeling better (something like "well, may be one day I can shoot it - if I'm persistent":LOL:!
 
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jprusa

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Apr 29, 2013
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I was able to watch a Merlin eat a Dark-eyed Junco this afternoon, on my way home from work. Perfect timing, I guess! But beware, the following photos are not for the faint-hearted. 7D mkll / EF 600 f4 ll / 1.4x lll

Jeremy

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Great shots Jeremy, just thinking how many shots I have missed by not having my camera with me on my way home from work. :)
 
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AlanF

Stay at home
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Aug 16, 2012
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Lovely day today, and I tried out the 1.4xTC on the 100-500mm with the R5. Seems to work (Dunnock and Blue Tit).
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becceric

Making clumsy photographic mistakes since 1980
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Oct 30, 2016
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Thank you. That is why I've been carrying my camera, strapped into my front seat for the past 2 years! I'm not missing anymore cool or rare birds, haha!!!

Jeremy
I’ve been thinking of doing that. What is your battery switching strategy?
 

ISv

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I was cornered in home by rain and some winds 25-50 km/h. Took some photos in the morning from the lanai and later afternoon from street level. My friend - the Pacific Golden Plover is still around, still very friendly if I'm without a tripod + camera or kneeling (closing by itself nearly an yard/meter from me!!!) and still getting scared if I kneel behind my combo!
Any way I love that bird - it was very malnourished when it came, now it's in very good shape!!! Can't wait a month or two to see what it is - male or female (and it doesn't actually matter - I just want a photo before it goes North to breed!).
And still no way to attache "full size" image - despite the guys before me did?!
 

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bjd

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Great one! I love the other two below but they are not on the same level!
Cheers, in all I took about 200 shots of the fight, many just a mass of feathers, but quite a few as usable as this one.
Most surprising was that no blood was spilt.
 
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