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PIC OF THE WEEK: 01/26/15 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2015 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Hilton Head Island, SC • Sea Pines Plantation
Notes: It is a rarity to have the opportunity to capture this sort of closeup portrait image in the wild. Such occasions, though unusual, have typically happened when the subject is distracted. That was certainly the case with this young “Red-tail”. What you can’t see, because of the close proximity, is that this raptor was holding an Eastern Gray Squirrel in its talons. This is good news for a subadult bird of prey, because it demonstrates that it has learned to become a successful hunter, without which it would not survive or become a future provider for a mate and offspring. After catching its prey, it briefly flew up onto a nearby perch just at eye level. At around fifteen feet away, I braced against a nearby tree, both for cover and to stabilize the long telephoto lens. When the situation warrants, I try to change my point of view. In this case from full body to portrait shot. After a two or three minutes, it took its lunch up to the safety of a higher perch. There is sat and devoured its catch which we were able to photograph (SEE: Pic Of The Week 12/08/14) from a farther distance.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/320 second • Aperture = f-4 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 1600 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 11-30-14

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