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Pat Wimpee
 

I'm so excited


 
 
Just wanted to share my picture. I've tried forever to get a good picture of a hawk or eagle. My last camera just couldn't bring out the detail of the feathers. This is the first one I've seen since getting my 20D. It was originally on a totally blue sky (wouldn't co-operate and fly on the mountain side of the sky) so I helped it along in photoshop. What do you think?


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6/7/2005 12:21:24 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I think you have been successful in two ventures - shooting the pictures and melding them together. Good job.


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6/7/2005 12:27:01 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  That does look really great Pat.

Brendan


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6/7/2005 12:39:47 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  It's beautiful!!!


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6/7/2005 12:51:02 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  >>"Just wanted to share my picture. I've tried forever to get a good picture of a hawk or eagle."<<

Keep trying. That's not a hawk or eagle. It's a vulture. ;-)

Nice capture, though, and relatively convincing composite.


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6/7/2005 1:25:14 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Sure looks like a Golden Eagle to me. Around my part of the country all of our vultures are black. Of course I'm no bird expert either.


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6/7/2005 1:30:47 PM

 
Jon Close
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  The bare red head is the key. Turkey vultures also have that light coloring on the back half of the underside of their wings.


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6/7/2005 2:00:01 PM

 
Jon Close
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  P.S. See http://vulturesociety.homestead.com/TVFacts.html for a similar photo.


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6/7/2005 2:02:19 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   You need to be a little more careful about what you say, Jon. I have a bare spot on the top of my head and it gets red when I get too much sun. I have never been called a vulture, but I have been called a turkey a lot of times. LOL


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6/7/2005 2:03:37 PM

 
Jon Close
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  :-D
LOL!
My pate is getting pretty bare these days as well.


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6/7/2005 2:27:40 PM

 
Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Gotta agree with Jan - this is a turkey vulture. Not that I am such a bird expert; however, I do some work locally for a nature group and they id'ed it as turkey vulture. The head, the angle of the wings and the wing tips are all giveaway signs. Whatever, it is a real nice capture and a good job of supplying a nice background.


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6/7/2005 3:09:21 PM

 
Pat Wimpee   Thanks all you guys for your comments. Although, thats dissapointing that it's a vulture!! Oh well, at least I know my camera can capture good detail on the feathers. Now I'll just have to go looking somemore.


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6/7/2005 9:57:24 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Don't worry, Pat. Regardless of the species, it's a very nice shot. And you did a good job adding the mountain to the composition.

"Looking for Roadkill" just doesn't have a nice ring to it, though. I would just change the word "eagle" to "bird" and leave the rest as is.

Most of us would have just admired the pretty birdy and moved on. Jon can't help it that he knows every-freakin-thing under the sun AND has handy web links to back it all up. I'm just glad he's here, using his powers for good. ;-)


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6/7/2005 10:32:01 PM

 
Irene Troy
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  LOL Chris! Pat, you should be happy with this shot, even if it is not the bird you hoped it was! You did a great job of capturing the image of a great bird with wonderful highlights on the feathers. I know how difficult it can be to capture any raptor in flight! We have many hawks soaring over our small farm this time of year, but I have still to get a good shot of one. BTW: I also have not managed to capture a good vulture image, so you are one step ahead.


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6/8/2005 5:10:49 AM

 
Pat Wimpee   Thanks Chris and Irene for your comments. Your right Irene, it's really hard to get any bird in flight with good detail. ( for me at least) So I guess I'll be happy for this one and it was good practice for when I find my eagle. Thanks again


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6/8/2005 7:54:04 AM

 
Peggy J. Sells
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LOL, I just love this thread. I also couldn't get the correct background for my "Bird of Prey" shot so I layered one in. Not as good Pat's background but I am working on it. Bird of prey "Osprey"


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7/4/2005 6:07:30 PM

 
Peggy J. Sells
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LOL, I just love this thread. I also couldn't get the correct background for my "Bird of Prey" shot so I layered one in. Not as good Pat's background but I am working on it. Bird of prey "Osprey"


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7/4/2005 6:08:46 PM

 
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