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Sharp Shinned Hawk | by Raymond Parsons
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Sharp Shinned Hawk

Taken at the Magnuson Park in Seattle, WA.

 

I have always looked forward to coming across one of these and luck finally hit me today.

 

I was photographing Cedar Waxwings as the weather was great during the early part of the day. Toward the end of my visit, all of the birds immediately flew off, and my attention turned to the sky as I watched this hawk chase another bird. The prey was able to elude the "sharpie" and the hawk landed in a tree about 75 yards away.

 

I quickly rushed to the tree and got my first shot, which you see above, cropped heavily (at least 150 feet.) As I approached closer, I got a better shot (see below), but the branch obscures the eye, which is a huge turn-off. Regardless, I'm still happy to have finally gotten a picture of one of these - while they are prevalent around the city, I never see them in the area that I live in.

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Taken on January 15, 2008