All shots with a D2X~500AFSII and TC14EII. I consider myself to have been truly blessed today. At lunchtime, I went to see if my buddy the red tailed hawk was on his usual perch and just as I got out of the car, he flew...and landed nearby! First he landed and I caught him just as he touched down...after than he settled for a moment: This bird was not 40 feet from me and he and I stared at one another for a few minutes until I guess he decided I was safe! All of a sudden he jumped up and started digging at the snow... Then he settled back down for a moment but his feet were nervous as if he was feeling for worms, much like a robin would do on my lawn... All of a sudden he was digging furiously, kicking snow and bits of weeds up... Evidently unsuccessful in attempting to catch whatever creature he had sensed, he flew to a nearby post and we watched one another for a few moments until he flew right over my right shoulder, not 5 feet from me (I thought he was coming after me!) and then disappeared. He was actually to close to even attempt a flight shot, but to be honest...I was to in awe / shock to have been able to capture this beautiful bird at this range to have even attempted a flight shot.