Poor Table Manners by John Absher

Taken at Morten Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
This Red Tail Hawk had just finished devouring a chipmunk.

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  • Corey Bigler
    Corey Biglerabout 6 years ago

    Awesome close-up!!!

  • Thank you very much Corey.

    – John Absher

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeabout 6 years ago

    fantastic close up John. I feel like I could just reach out and touch those feahters. That beak looks pretty sharp though.

  • Thanks Rowemaree!!

    Actually, I did feel like I could almost reach up and touch him when I was taking the shot, but it didn’t seem like a good idea. Was happy enough that he allowed me to get in his face for some really neat shots. Pretty obvious he was keeping very close eyes on my every move and I was making sure every move was slow and steady … certainly didn’t want to startle this guy. I was close enough that I was actually talking to him which seemed to solicit some very cuious looks and poses. Don’t imagine he had any idea what I was saying (like "come on now, smile for daddy LOL), but he seemed more curious about me than threatened. If you copy and paste the following url into your browser, you might get a kick out of the pose.


    Thanks again for your kind words Rosemaree!!

    – John Absher

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 6 years ago


  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtabout 5 years ago

    work was a Featured selection in the
    Birds Of Prey Group

  • Randall Scholten
    Randall Scholtenabout 5 years ago

    Incredible image of this winged-critter!

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant “up close and personal”, John! AMR

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