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Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with Vole

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with Vole

Canaan Road, Prescott-Russell/Ottawa Border, Ontario

I noticed this youngster on my way home perched very low on the shoulder of the road. I went home, got my camera and headed back. He was still in the same location and was concentrating so hard on the scurrying voles below that he completely ignored me. He swooped down and caught a vole, then flew about 15 feet away and landed on a pile of mulch dumped in a field. I was able to approach closely and after shooting several frames, I left it in peace to finish its meal.

Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/1250s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso500 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Dennis09-Oct-2011 12:29
Congrats on your find and capture...don't often get a 2nd.chance.
Cheers !
waterfalls man04-Sep-2011 20:47
Great Capture V!!
Brad Claypole01-Sep-2011 23:18
Nice! leason learned I hope - never leave home without your camera!
larose forest photos01-Sep-2011 18:21
AMAZING (but not for the poor vole). V
pkocinski01-Sep-2011 11:48
Well seen and done. Nice composition on this - the curve of the mulch pile matches the curve of the hawk's.
Ann Pettigrew01-Sep-2011 04:12
Awesome shot, Bill! I can never seem to get close to red-tails on the ground. Way to go!
Ted Busby01-Sep-2011 03:08
Great work Bill..
christopheru01-Sep-2011 02:33
Nice shot - it is not often (in my experience) that you get to see such things close up. Well done.
Hank Vander Velde01-Sep-2011 02:32
Terrific catch and image Bill.
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