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It’s a Red tail taking off from his perch. We had 1.5 inches of rain in the past day. The Buffalo River came up 7-8 feet at Ponca overnight and it is now very windy and cold:

 

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Today was an exceptional day. It was 21F at dawn and the temperature rose into the  lower 60s by 2 PM today. The hawks were warming in trees and on utility poles this morning. I got an interesting sequence of a juvenile Red Tail hawk launching this morning; this whole sequence takes paces in 0.7 seconds: used a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 300L IS f/2.8 with a 1.4x TC by Canon:

 

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Yesterday was a rainy and cool day; over an inch of rain and 66F almost all day. That was so nice for a change !! It cleared last evening about 5 PM, and I spotted a Red-tail Hawk in one of the trees in the yard; got close enough to get a few photos too. No red tail visible. This hawk is as “high-color” as any I have ever seen; maybe a juvenile ? I don’t this a Harlan Red-tail.  I used my Canon 1DS Mark III with a Canon EF 400L DO IS f/4.0 lens:

 

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Soaring quietly from a high tree branch, this Red Tail Hawk missed a vole in the ice (taken with a Canon 5D MK II with a Canon 400mm Lens):

 

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This beautiful hawk was hunting from a 150 year old red oak tree in my back yard. They are, of course, more common than either Red Shoulder or Sharp Shinned hawks. I got about 55 shots of him/her going after a vole (he/she was not successful) during the afternoon on February 15th, 2013. Here is a selection using a Canon full-frame 5D-MK2 and Canon 600mm f/4 L IS Lens (Click to enlarge):

 

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I was lucky enough to catch a Red-shoulder Hawk’s mating sky dance a few days ago; now, this morning a Red-tail hawk was flying over my yard at 8 AM and I had my camera (5DMII). It was cold 25F last night after a day of high winds and scattered thunderstorms. The fast moving storms dropped only 1/4 inch of rain in my yard. Now, I’m looking forward to ice tomorrow, so says the local forecast. Today is sunny and we should reach well into the 40s to around 50 again.

Here are the red-tail photos:

 

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