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Alabama
I have discovered an excellent way to unwind from work when I get home in the evening. I've got such good bird activity right now that all I have to do is set up the tripod in the driveway next to the truck and shoot away. Yesterday I had Robins, Finches, and this guy below land in the little dogwood tree next to where I park.

Before getting to the image though, I have to relate something so cool that happened. As with all birders, I am very sensitive to just about any movement in the sky. After I had been out for a few minutes, one, then another Dove flew over my head from behind. I had just registered them and thought 'oh, just another pair of Doves' when an almost roaring / whooshing sound came from over my shoulder and then I saw flying over my head about 10-15 feet up a Coopers Hawk in hot pursuit of the Doves. They all disappeared around my neighbor's house, so I don't know the fate of the Doves, but it was absolutely AWESOME watching that hawk maneuvering through the trees. I love this hobby. :smile:

OK, my other visitor. Cedar Waxwing:
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Pretty baby for sure.
 
Joined
Jun 11, 2006
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Location
Illinois
Great shot Frank,this is a great hobby so I keep telling my wife but somehow she thinks I get a little carried away by it all.But she is glad I have found something that I really like,now if wasn't so darn expensive she would be even happier.I will be watching for that coopers hawk shot to follow. :biggrin:
 
Joined
Mar 31, 2005
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Toronto Canada
Beautiful image, Frank. So difficult to capture Cedar Waxwings with any details in the feathers as they are so smooth. I always think these birds have been hit with Neat Image Pro! :biggrin:

Hawks have to eat too - hard to accept but everything out there is food for something!
 
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
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Pueblo, Colorado
Beautiful image Frank, WOW! Love the story about the hawk too...poor doves :smile:

It's poor dove... not doves. I imagine only one of them was unfortunate on this particular hunt. The doves don't have to be faster than the hawk, just faster than the other doves! :eek: :biggrin: :wink: Great story and nice pic.
 
Joined
Jan 25, 2006
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Huntsville/Muscle Shoals, AL
Cool Frank! I have started setting up my tripod in the yard a couple of days each week if I get home before the light is bad. You all should know that I am “animal oblivious” as I like to say at the get-together, but I am trying to get better and I find the little birds to be fun.

So you get home before dark these days? Good for you!
 
Joined
Mar 18, 2005
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Location
Richmond, Va
Excellent image and great experience you shared on the Coopers hawk. What a neat way to wind down from the stress of the day.
 

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