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Feb 4, 2012 20:41:11   #
Swamp Gator Loc: Coastal South Carolina
 
I spotted what looks to be a juvie RT Hawk sitting in a pine tree this afternoon.
I got some pics of him just sitting there but was hoping for a flight shot if it ever took off. I know they can sit in a tree for quite a while and my arms were getting tired waiting for that exact moment and trying to hold up Mrs. SG's Canon 50D with her 300 on it. (which is what we happened to have in the car with us)

Well when I saw it kind of puff up, I guessed that might mean it was ready to leave and sure enough it did.















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Feb 4, 2012 20:44:32   #
belwj Loc: Berkshires, Ma
 
Swamp Gator wrote:
I spotted what looks to be a juvie RT Hawk sitting in a pine tree this afternoon.
I got some pics of him just sitting there but was hoping for a flight shot if it ever took off. I know they can sit in a tree for quite a while and my arms were getting tired waiting for that exact moment and trying to hold up Mrs. SG's Canon 50D with her 300 on it. (which is what we happened to have in the car with us)

Well when I saw it kind of puff up, I guessed that might mean it was ready to leave and sure enough it did.
I spotted what looks to be a juvie RT Hawk sitting... (show quote)


Very nice sequence of great shots.

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Feb 4, 2012 20:45:33   #
Bruce with a Canon Loc: Islip
 
simply fabulous bif series!!

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Feb 4, 2012 20:56:14   #
Marj Loc: Seattle
 
One of the hard things is just sitting and waiting for the right moment(s). These are wonderful!
Marj

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Feb 4, 2012 21:18:05   #
globetrekker Loc: Bend, OR
 
Swamp Gator wrote:
Well when I saw it kind of puff up, I guessed that might mean it was ready to leave and sure enough it did.


Superb! I especially like the second shot. Never seen a bird of prey all puffed up like that!

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Feb 4, 2012 21:21:15   #
martinfisherphoto Loc: Lake Placid Florida
 
Excellent set of photos

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Feb 4, 2012 21:54:51   #
Jay Pat Loc: Round Rock, Texas, USA
 
Ditto, what everyone said!!
Download view is fantastic!
Pat

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Feb 4, 2012 21:57:11   #
Hoss Loc: Near Pittsburgh, Pa
 
Swamp Gator wrote:
I spotted what looks to be a juvie RT Hawk sitting in a pine tree this afternoon.
I got some pics of him just sitting there but was hoping for a flight shot if it ever took off. I know they can sit in a tree for quite a while and my arms were getting tired waiting for that exact moment and trying to hold up Mrs. SG's Canon 50D with her 300 on it. (which is what we happened to have in the car with us)

Well when I saw it kind of puff up, I guessed that might mean it was ready to leave and sure enough it did.
I spotted what looks to be a juvie RT Hawk sitting... (show quote)


Great shots!!!!!

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Feb 4, 2012 22:23:17   #
mollymolly Loc: In the heart of the Everglades.
 
WOW! WOW! WOW! Did I say WOW!?

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Feb 4, 2012 22:56:53   #
pigpen
 
Swamp Gator wrote:
I spotted what looks to be a juvie RT Hawk sitting in a pine tree this afternoon.
I got some pics of him just sitting there but was hoping for a flight shot if it ever took off. I know they can sit in a tree for quite a while and my arms were getting tired waiting for that exact moment and trying to hold up Mrs. SG's Canon 50D with her 300 on it. (which is what we happened to have in the car with us)

Well when I saw it kind of puff up, I guessed that might mean it was ready to leave and sure enough it did.
I spotted what looks to be a juvie RT Hawk sitting... (show quote)


Nice shots as usual, gator. My arms have actually gone numb waiting for these critters to take flight, they are very patient.

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Feb 4, 2012 23:01:54   #
judy 2011 Loc: Northern Utah
 
Those were fantastic!

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Feb 4, 2012 23:33:26   #
rockgardenplants Loc: Utah
 
Very, very nice! Great patience and a nicely behaved bird :)

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Feb 5, 2012 06:37:53   #
Al FR-153 Loc: Chicago Suburbs
 
Great sequence Gator. Wonder what the 'puffing up' is all about? Just flexing its' muscles I guess.

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Feb 5, 2012 07:48:53   #
Bunny-Jean Loc: Wisconsin
 
Excellent Series!!!!! Your patience really paid off!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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Feb 5, 2012 08:00:16   #
nat Loc: Martha's Vineyard, MA
 
Incredible shots, as usual. Do you ever go home to eat and sleep?

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