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author LindaY (Linda Y)
   
subjectWild life
title Lover's Quarrel???
date6/3/2013 7:59:30 AM
detailsA pair of Red-Tailed Hawks taken a few weeks ago while out shooting flowers in one of the public gardens here in Tulsa. On that particular morning, the quiet early morning was disturbed by some mockingbirds that had become very, very vocal. Mockingbirds are sassy, noisy birds, but the fuss they were creating was a quite a bit more noticeable than usual. I looked up and saw one of these hawks in the top of a very high cedar tree. I reached in my bag and got out the longest lens that I had with me which was a Canon EF 70-200mm and mounted it and kept my fingers crossed. I had popped off just a couple of shots when the hawk took flight. My heart fell as he went flying toward one of the other trees as I thought surely I had lost him. :( However, I kept watching him "just in case". My disappointment turned to excitement when I saw the first hawk land in the top of a tree next to another one who was perched there. I thought that this pair looked liked lovers who had just had a quarrel...so I used that as my title. ;)
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1 Tim Pereira ( T-Bear)   (6/3/2013 10:05:17 AM)
Hi Linda, what a nice shot, I really like it, the colors really jump here!

I'm almost possitive these are Red Shoulder Hawks not Red-Tailed. And I will reply to your message, I have been busy lately!
2 Reda Danaf   (6/3/2013 11:04:50 AM)
Beautiful avian capture
3 LindaY (Linda Y)   (6/3/2013 11:14:41 AM)
#1 Tim Pereira( T-Bear):
Thanks for the info on these hawks. I assumed that they were red-tails because that is the species that is most prevalent aroun here. I had some really nice light from the sun behind me.

On my question, no hurry. I think I have made up my mind to accept the company offer and will be becoming a Floridian around the first of the year. The company has a website set up with all kinds of information on relocating to the Fort Myers area and I spent some time on it this weekend. On Saturday I was jumping up and down in excitment. I was looking at the information of recreational opportunities and one of the places that they mentioned was Ding Darling WFP...now that place is LEGENDARY among BSers (Bird Shooters)...glad I didn't sell my long glass as I had though about doing. LOL.
4 LindaY (Linda Y)   (6/3/2013 11:15:11 AM)
#2 Reda Danaf: Thank you so much for your comment, Reda. I was very excited to view this pair.
5 LindaY (Linda Y)   (6/3/2013 11:17:13 AM)
#1 Tim Pereira( T-Bear): I had a typo...I meant Ding Darling WLP (Wildlife Preserve). I am sure you knew where I was talking about. ;)
6 TW_Bda (Tim White)   (6/3/2013 2:19:03 PM)
#5 LindaY(Linda Y): I spent a couple of days around the Ding Darling NWR in February- excellent place! The beaches on Sanibel are also great for shots of Royal terns, Willet, pelicans, ospreys. kestrels etc - the whole place is a birders paradise!
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7 LindaY (Linda Y)   (6/3/2013 2:53:28 PM)
#6 TW_Bda(Tim White): That photo is fantastic. The move to the Fort Myers area will be a permanent move so I will have plenty of time to explore the area. I think the company is targeting moving my job and me to Florida in Jan 2013...I can't wait. ;)
8 TW_Bda (Tim White)   (6/3/2013 3:10:57 PM)
#7 LindaY(Linda Y): Good luck and enjoy! It's a great area and one I hope to get back to. Try not to get distracted by collecting shells and developing the "Sanibel stoop" - I missed a bunch of great pelican shots by staring at the sand in front of me when they were diving just a few yards away!
9 Wessel-130766   (6/3/2013 4:12:05 PM)
Excellent double capture Linda. Great details and oberall colors. Wish you good luck with the move to FL and the new job
10 joe bellantoni   (6/3/2013 4:56:35 PM)
Linda these are red shoulder hawks for sure...nice grab. You will find all kinds of wildlife in the area you are going to. I suspect you meant 2014....
winter is the place all the birds go including the eagles. You won't nee really really long lenses in Ding Darling you will be that close to a lot of action.
Good luck to you on your move.
11 Hania (Anna Franek)   (6/3/2013 4:59:30 PM)
Great capture! Also great news about Florida - good luck! I'm a little jealous of the birds there ;)))
12 Reidar   (6/3/2013 5:59:53 PM)
Very good.
13 LindaY (Linda Y)   (6/3/2013 7:12:32 PM)
#8 TW_Bda(Tim White):
#9 Wessel-130766:
#10 joe bellantoni:
#11 Hania(Anna Franek):
#12 Reidar:

Thank you all for your kind comments and the positive id on these hawks. Joe, the long lens that I have is the Canon EF 100-400mm so it has some range to it for all sizes of wildlife and it is a nice lens. The nice thing about the move is that I will be doing the same job with many of the same people, but in a new location. That makes things a lot easier...now there is just the waiting. I did mean 2014 and I will be there just in time to get settled in before breeding season.
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Sreten   (6/4/2013 4:49:34 AM)
Great find and wonderful colors.
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