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    Default Avian IOTW Bryan Hix for week ending 12/31/2010 - Dec Theme: Cooper's vs rabbit

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    Congratulations Bryan Hix for your image "Dec Theme: Cooper's vs rabbit " being chosen as the Avian Image of the Week for the week ending 12/31/2010!!!

    I was out at Montrose beach this morning in Chicago and as I was walking back to my car, I noticed this rabbit that clearly had something wrong with it as it was listing to one side and could only run in tight circles. I put my 600mm lens, Mk3, and tripod in the car and walked over to see what the deal was. The rabbit ran when I was about 3 feet away and slid under the fence. I decided to let in be and walked back around to my car. When I turned back to look, this Cooper's Hawk swooped in a started attacking the rabbit. It made several runs at it and fortunately I had my 50D with my new 70-200mm f/2.8 II with me and I walked right up to the action and started shooting. I have about 7 good shots, so I thought I would post at least one. I liked this because the rabbit is in mid-air and snow is flying. Pretty awesome to be that close. In the end, the rabbit hunkered down under a bush with the Cooper's perched about 10 feet above it. I'm sure it didn't end well for the rabbit.

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    Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM II
    ISO 320, 1/4000th@f/4, AvMode, Eval 0 comp
    9:35am, 22 degrees
    LR 3.3, PSE9: Crop, adj shadows, sharpen, cloned out branch

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    Well deserved Bryan! Simply an awesome image!
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    Congratulations Bryan

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    Woah !! This is a billiant capture . Well deserved !!

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    Great timing! Congratulations Brian and well deserved!
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    Well done. Congratulations Bryan.

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    Thanks everyone! I appreciate the comments.

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    Congratulations!! Well deserved

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    A true winner... congrats Bryan..

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    missed this one! what a cracker! congratulations...
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    Great Capture !


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