FIRST THINGS GROUP
300+ GO LONG GROUP
SPEED GROUP


STORY LATER, RIGHT NOW, I’M RUNNING LATE FOR MY SHRINK’S VISIT,,,,,SO,,,, I’LL BE BACK…………. OK, I’M BACK……..NOW THAT I’M DONE WITH MY SHRINK FOR ANOTHER THREE WEEKS…………………. THIS HAWK WAS SITTING ON THE HORIZONTAL FENCE BOARD OF THIS WOODEN STRUCTURE THAT IS IN THE PHOTO. I’VE NEVER REALLY BEEN ABLE TO GET CLOSE TO ANY OF THESE HAWKS, IN THE PAST. BUT, THIS HAWK DECIDED I WASN’T GOING TO HURT HIM, SO HE SAT ON THE FENCE POST FOR A LITTLE WHILE LONGER THAN MOST OF THEM DO. IN FACT, IT WAS JUST LONG ENOUGH FOR ME TO GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET THIS SHOT. I WAS USING MY CANON EOS KISS REBEL D300, WITH MY QUANTARAY 70-300MM AF MACRO TELEPHOTO LENS. THIS IMAGE WAS TAKEN WITH THE LENS SET AT 300MM. I ALSO DISCOVERED THAT WHEN I’M SLOWLY CREEPING UP ON THESE BIRDS, IT HELPS TO HAVE THE CAR STEREO TURNED DOWN SO THAT THE BIRDS CAN’T HEAR IT AND FLY AWAY TO SOONER, THAN THIS ONE DID WITH NO MUSIC. THIS IMAGE WAS TAKEN ON GRIZZLY ISLAND IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S DELTA WATERWAYS. I GO OUT THERE EVERY SUNDAY TO FISH FOR STURGEON AND STRIPERS. THIS YEAR, THE FISH AREN’T IN THE AREAS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST,,,BY THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. WITH ALL OF THE FRESH WATER THAT IS BEING SENT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BY THE AQUADUCT THAT WAS BUILT WAY BACK IN THE LATE 30’S SOMETHING,,THE STRIPER AND STURGEON AND STEALHEAD AND SALMON HAVEN’T BEEN FOLLOWING THE SAME ROUTS AT THE SAME TIMES OF THE YEAR, AS THEY HAVE IN THE PAST. THE WATERFOWL AREN’T FLYING TO THE MARSH LANDS AT THE SAME TIME OF THE YEAR ANYMORE EITHER AND THE DUCK HUNTERS IN THE GRIZZLY ISLAND AREA AREN’T HAVING MUCH LUCK. THE OWNERS OF THE LAND WHERE I FISH, PURCHASED THE PROPERTY ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO AND THE AVERAGE DUCK KILLED, COST THEM ABOUT $2,500.00. ONE DAY THE DUCKS MAY COME BACK DURING THE POSTED DUCK SEASON, BUT FOR NOW, THE DUCKS AND GEESE ONLY COME IN AFTER THE HUNTING SEASON IS ALREADY OVERWITH. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN FEATURED IN THREE GROUPS,,THE SPEED GROUP,,,THE 300+GO LONG GROUP AND THE FIRST THINGS GROUP. I APPRECIATE ALL OF THE FEATURES.

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Comments

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonalmost 5 years ago

    Nice capture, Bob!!

  • THANK YOU ELLEN, THIS IS THE BEST RED TAIL HAWK PHOTO I’VE TAKEN TO DATE. I WISH I COULD HAVE HAD THE SUN ON THIS SIDE OF THE BIRD THOUGH. IT SEEMS LIKE MOST OF MY BIRD SHOTS ARE LIKE THAT. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THIS SAME IMAGE ON A T-SHIRT. I DID SOME SLIGHT COLOR AND FORMAT CHANGES, THAT MADE IT LOOK MORE DRAMATIC. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, your work has been featured in First Things

  • THANK YOU ELIZABETH FOR THIS GREAT HONOR. I AM ALWAYS HONORED AND HUMBLED WHENEVER ONE OF MY IMAGES MAKES IT INTO A FEATURE OR A FAVE. I’LL MAKE SURE I ADD THIS ONE TO MY FEATURED LIST ON MY PROFILE PAGE. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Lisa Baumeler
    Lisa Baumeleralmost 5 years ago

    Wow! Amazing capture Smokey! Beautiful action shot with crisp detail! Well done!!

  • THANK YOU LISA, WHAT AMAZED ME WAS HOW HIS HEAD WAS PERFECTLY STILL AND HE NECK, BACK AND TAIL SHOWS MOVEMENT. I AM TOTALLY AMAZED BY THESE AND OTHER LARGE BIRDS. HECK, I’VE EVEN HAD A HYACINTH MACKAW CLAMPED ONTO MY NOSE, WHILE SITTING ON MY RIGHT SHOULDER. AND YES, IT DID HURT, TO THE POINT OF TEARING EYES. I DIDN’T DARE JERK MY HEAD AWAY OR I’D BEEN IN REAL KAA KAA. BOB :)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • PS, THANK YOU FOR ADDING THIS IMAGE TO YOUR FAVORITES PAGES. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 5 years ago

    excellent

  • THANK YOU TORI, IT’S FUNNY HOW ONE WORD CAN SAY SO MUCH. I’M GLAD YOU LIKE IT ALSO. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyalmost 5 years ago

    congrats on your featured image – 300+, will send official notice when I get back home.

  • THANK YOU KEN, I GLADLY ACCEPT YOUR FEATURE. I TRULY APPRECIATE THE HONOR. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Bluetiger
    Bluetigeralmost 5 years ago

    Very nice shot Bob.

  • THANKS PAM, I’M GLAD YOU LIKE THIS ONE. IT’S THE BEST HAWK SHOT I’VE MANAGED TO GET SO FAR. BOB :)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture!! :D

  • THANK YOU CEE, I APPRECIATE THE COMPLIMENT VERY MUCH. THANKS FOR HAVING ME IN YOUR GROUP. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • THANK YOU. BOB ;0)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    a work of art!!!!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous capture!!!!

  • THANK YOU LOIS, I APPRECIATE YOUR COMPLIMENT. THIS IS THE BEST IMAGE I’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET OF A RED TAIL HAWK, TO DATE. IT SEEMS LIKE THE SUN IS ALWAYS ON THE WRONG SIDE, OR OVERCAST SKIES. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture! Congrats on your feature

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH WALSEKA, I TRULY APPRECIATE THE COMPLIMENT. I’M GLAD YOU LIKE THIS IMAGE. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

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