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Nice close up shot! Would you mind adding it to my misson Hawks of British Columbia?http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1902...
Please think about adding this spotting to Raptors of the World! :)http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1205...
Dang those are beautiful shots you can see the detail of all the feathers!
Ok here goes. I've had a couple of people tell me that I'm lying but here is the story. I trying to get some shots of a couple of crows when I noticed this hawk land somewhat nearby on a dead tree. I was already on the ground so I just moved in, not too fast or too slow. I too was extremely surprised as I kept pushing the bird's comfort zone. As you probably know most hawks and birds of prey take off in an instant. This bird would not budge! I would say I got somewhere between 6-8 meters and was absolutely shocked that the bird did not take off! I was able to snap a couple until the bird finally took off into a nearby tree. My first guess is that maybe the bird had a chick somewhere nearby; that is the closest I can get to birds of prey, when they have a chick. But at that distance I would have expected a bird of prey to start attacking me if it did have a chick. I was very lucky but that's all I can say. I am no expert wildlife photography nor do I posses tremendous skill. I simply consider myself extremely lucky that this bird allowed me to crawl that close.
Ok, I do a lot of bird photography, I really need to know how you managed to pull off such a close up. Is this a rehab bird? Was this photo taken after it was just banded? I am good at getting close to wildlife and getting point blank photos, but this is unbelievably close.
Lat: 49.25, Long: -123.13
Spotted on Aug 11, 2012 Submitted on Aug 11, 2012
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