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    Hi all,

    A RTH taken this weekend. I almost never see hawks perched close and low enough for images so I was happy to get this frame. This is a bigger crop than I normally do -- kicking myself for not bringing my 500, but definitely better than no camera at all!

    Camera: Nikon D500
    Lens: 300mm f/4 PF + 1.4 TC
    Specs: 1/800 f/5.6 ISO 800

    Thanks for looking and commenting on prior posts!
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    I think you meant to say "kicking myself for not bringing the 850?"
    Agree that hawks are usually high up so this lower level view is nice.
    IQ has held up very well despite the bigger crop.
    I like the simple diagonal perch.
    I would take a bit off the top.
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    The pose and soft lighting are nice, and I agree that the diagonal perch and POV are good. To my eye this doesn't look quite like a Red-tail. The dark throat and streaking from throat to belly make me wonder if it could be a young Red-shouldered?

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    Nice pose on the hawk. Also like how it is perched at the end of the perch. Detail looks pretty good if this is a big crop. Thats the way she goes sometimes.

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    Thanks all, much appreciated. Sorry Gail, I meant my 500mm instead of the 300mm. Bill, I forwarded the pic to a savvier birder than myself and looks like you are correct that this is a young Red Shouldered. Consulting Sibley I can see some identifying marks that I missed. Thanks all!

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    Def imm RSHA. Beautiful light and eye contact, and the IQ seems to have held up fairly well given the big crop. I'd move bird up in frame and right in the frame. BG is money, and I'd not fearing losing
    the blue at the top.

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    I love the blue tones at the top and I like. the way that the BKGR subtly mirrors the patterns on the bird's breast.

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    A very nice Hawk photo... If you can sharpen anymore with the big crop, I would, but nice as is.
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    Thanks all, much appreciated. I'll look the crop -- I liked the the blue bit at the top but will consider other options too. Best,

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    love the pose and the BG, hawks can be very skittish when they are perched low (which is what you want ) the fine details are a bit lacking given the crop but I would take this one.

    If you have the 500PF you should just take that instead of the 300. it will pay dividends for shots like this
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    Thanks Arash -- I don't have the 500 PF but rather the 500 f/4, so while not *too* heavy I usually opt for the 300 PF when taking short casual walks (where a 500 PF would also thrive) with friends / gf / etc. It's funny, I've been to this park tons and while it's nice to walk around at I don't think I've ever really had a good photography opportunity until this hawk. I went back the next day with my 500 f/4 and of course the raptor was perched way up in a tree, maybe I'll get it low again at some point.

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