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Went dove hunting this morning and................

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realized my aim is much better with my Canon than my gun. grin After a few futile attempts with the doves, I decided to drive around a bit and look for hawks. I always see a couple around this area near the backroads. I saw this guy from a distance and decided to stalk him. Every few feet I'd take a couple shots. I finally got within a respectable distance, and off he went. These are my first "keeper' hawk shots.

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Mike, those are great. Nice environmental portrait followed by two excellent BIF efforts. Sweet!

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Thanks, Steve. Even if I would have shot a few doves, this would still have been more satisfying.

My guess on this hawk is Broad - winged. Does that sound right?

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Really? There were a couple things that didn't quite match the broad wing, but I couldn't find a red tail on this guy. Makes sense. I saw an adult red tail in the same area yesterday.

Thanks.

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Juvenile red-tails often lack all of the red. Some paler adult morphs also have very little red.

And, for future reference, a broad-winged hawk is slightly smaller than the average crow, so there's a big size difference between it and the red-tailed.

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I really like the first BIF shot too. Nice work, wish I could lift a shot gun and chase some doves.

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