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well actually its a Goss hawk, which i had the pleasure of photographing in action over the weekend, if it looks mean which i think it does thats because this type of hawk is exactly that , as the puncture wounds on Shawn's face were testament to,only 1 at a time was released as they will attack anything that moves  as  i found out, after 1 of these had over shot its quarry and was  gathering its senses after crashing into rocks  one of the lads released his thinking it would go after the rabbitt, oops bad mistake, it simply flew down and attacked the other bird , i have never seen 2 blokes run down a rocky hill side so fast lol, but then at £1600 a bird no wonder , fortunatly no serious harm came to either bird although the air was blue for some time after lol.

the Boss



well actually its a Goss hawk, which i had the pleasure of photographing in action over the weekend, if it looks mean which i think it does thats because this type of hawk is exactly that , as the puncture wounds on Shawn's face were testament to,only 1 at a time was released as they will attack anything that moves  as  i found out, after 1 of these had over shot its quarry and was  gathering its senses after crashing into rocks  one of the lads released his thinking it would go after the rabbitt, oops bad mistake, it simply flew down and attacked the other bird , i have never seen 2 blokes run down a rocky hill side so fast lol, but then at £1600 a bird no wonder , fortunatly no serious harm came to either bird although the air was blue for some time after lol.

comments (37)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2008, 02:48
It looks like it is considering you for lunch. Great shot.
tim hitchins: lol yes i am sure if he was hungry enough he sure might, cheers Martin.
  • cathy
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2008, 02:58
That is one seriously mean looking bird Tim.lol Good shot!!
tim hitchins: oh yes cathy him and his friends sure were, Shawn who has kept hawks for some 25 years said unlike other hawks that think first then act, these simply act first and worry about the consequences later thats if they havn't flown head long into a brick wall breaking his neck first lol, Cheers Cathysmile
  • Stan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 06:07
Fierce! I think my next focus might be birding... where did you shoot this?
tim hitchins: hi Stan this and others belonged to some hawk enthusiast's who take them out every weekend hunting, we were on some farmers land near Kettlewell in the dales, if you fancy it i am sure they wouldn't mind you joining us, i plan to go out again some time over xmas with them. Having been twice i have come to learn my bog standard canon zoom lens is not really up to catching them in flight pin sharp and might look into hiring a better quality one for next time, its a great day out and a challenging one mate.
Brilliant composition and capture of the Boss. Real commanding presencesmile That eye is pin sharp with bags of detail.
tim hitchins: most appreciated matey, yes i was well happy with this onesmile Looks like Redknapp to the rescue ehsmile
Superb picture Tim.
tim hitchins: cheers Billsmile
Spot on with the focus on the eye ... What a magnificent mean creature. richard
tim hitchins: yes Richard mean was the word, i wasn't spared a gob full when getting too close to a returning one i can tell you lol. cheers.
Great focus point. Superb image!
tim hitchins: most appreciated Richard.
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 08:47
I can almost count the hairs up the birds nose Timgrin
Cracking shot.
BTW Stoke are doing well dont you think?
tim hitchins: lol cheers Tracy and yes Stoke are doing really well although i wonder how they will fair if the fella throwing exocet missiles goal bound gets injuredgrin
  • Harv
  • UK
  • 3 Nov 2008, 09:15
He does look a bit mean. Stunning shot Tim - great focus on the eye.

We have Hobbie hawks flying over us, although I've never been able to get this close.
tim hitchins: lol mean ok Harv, Shuan who has kept hawks for 25 years calls them MENTAL lol. cheers Harv
  • KenC
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 10:21
Cracking shot Tim.Point of focus spot on.
tim hitchins: yes i was well happy in the fact it looked mean which i felt was a true reflection of these hawks Kensmile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 10:25
Incredible shot Tim, a magnificent bird, but what a cruel mouth.
tim hitchins: lol yes Mike, only one let off at any time due to the fact they will attack any thing at all that moves, Shawn told me there life span is shorter than most due to its desire to kill gets in the way of logical thinking lol. Cheers Mike.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 10:25
He does look mean, moody and magnificent. I love these birds but would be nervous handling anything like this. You have caught the fierce coldness of this creature very well.
Ingrid
tim hitchins: yes Ingrid you should have seen the blokes when getting the rabbits off them, the word scared springs to mindgrin most appreciated Ingridsmile
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 11:12
excellent capture Tim - what a magnificent bird!
tim hitchins: yes Paul i was well happy when i saw them that i would be getting the opportunity to try capture them in action, a lot of empty field shots to follow lol. Cheers Paul.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Nov 2008, 11:59
Super photo love that eye
tim hitchins: cheers vintagesmile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Nov 2008, 13:00
Oh gosh, it is a gosshawk. A killer by birth and much respected by yours truly. Great picture.
tim hitchins: yes i know you love your birds Louis, and yes the Goss hawk has to be treated with respect for sure the week before one of these didn't take to kindly to Shawn taking his rabbit of him and attacked him, causing two puncture wounds to his face, one of them missing his eye by an inch, boy are they mean. Most appreciated Louis.
You really have produced a beautiful image of this powerful and lovely bird Tim. Well done.
tim hitchins: cheers Brian yes i was well pleased with the outcome of the days shooting, it was a pleasure for suresmile
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 14:09
Wow! Superb animal portrait.

I suppose when two birds find themselves in the same environment their "nature" kicks in and each wants to defend their "territory".
tim hitchins: oh yes Ellie, totally different to the Harris Hawk though which were allowed to fly round in groups. These really are killers by nature, cheers Ellie and enjoy your daysmile
Stunning Tim !!!!
tim hitchins: most appreciated jimmysmile
A simply marvelous shot! I must say I am a little envious--
tim hitchins: what i would give to have a real 400mm pro lens though, the bog standard zoom just couldn't deliver the results when catching them in flight. Most appreciated.
Fantastic shot, Tim! Congratulations!
tim hitchins: well thank you very much Gironasmile
  • FLOOG
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2008, 20:47
Magnificent, Mr H smile
tim hitchins: much appreciated Paul and enjoy your day mateysmile
What a sharpness you've got here. That is a beautiful bird
tim hitchins: yes i was happy with the result from the bog standard zoom lens Askel, hope santa brings me a new is 400mm lol but i doubt it.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Nov 2008, 21:06
Oh, what a bird, a king of birds, a real character, and I could recognize some human characters in this face and look- strong, powerful, awe-inspiring, fearsome, you might feel very little in the presence of such a hawk!- I once visited a raptor garden and could observe the birds of prey flying up and down guided by a falconer- very impressive but also frightening, one of the raptors didn't return to the garden, although well fed up with mice and other meat, he longed for his freedom!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Nov 2008, 21:51
*sigh* this is a joy for the eye and even more for my eye than the hawks eye...
You did superb!!
tim hitchins: cheers Astrid yes it was truly a joy to see this birds close up although after getting a bit too close to one got a telling off they are a bit unpredictable and had to be given upmost respect for sure, enjoy your day Astridsmile
Impressive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tim hitchins: so glad you thought so Albert, ccchhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrsgrin
What a stunning portrait! Wonderful image. (:o)
tim hitchins: most appreciated Rosalyn i know you like your birds and this is one to watch out for if you ever get the chance to photograph onesmile
Quelle stature, quel regard ! Magnifique cliché Tim, bravo.
tim hitchins: well thank you very much Carole glad you liked it so much, enjoy your daysmile
  • Mike
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2008, 23:34
Magnificent shot and well cropped to give this stunning close up.

Mike
tim hitchins: most appreciated Mikehaving just looked at your blog thats a big cheers coming your waysmile
A stunning shot Tim.
tim hitchins: well thank you so much Dereksmile enjoy your night.
wow! this is brilliant. great shot.

that would have been quite something to see. We have alot of hawks around here, but not sure of the exact type. I really should educate myself about birds. I'm so ashamed wink
tim hitchins: yes it was a great day Dawn although bloody freezing as well, 6 hours with the camera in hand was tiring but worth the while to see these beauty's in action. Cheers Dawn.
This is spectacular!
tim hitchins: well glad you thought so Chrissmile
A good portrait in which you note the character of animal.
tim hitchins: yes i would like to think so Emillamola, most appreciatedsmile
The more I look at it the more I like it.
tim hitchins: well i am so happy you do Albertsmile cheers.
This is cracking Tim, really likeyed it, has a lens baby feel too.
tim hitchins: lens baby, said before i would look into this and i didn't, will do now Nigel, intrigued. Cheers mateysmile
What image and the sharpness ...... impressive to see!
A very successful picture in every way, just to congratulatesmile
tim hitchins: thank you very much Sussi, enjoy your daysmile
  • Radel
  • 15 Nov 2008, 10:26
super shot mate. very cool!
tim hitchins: gald you thought so Radelsmile
only.... beautiful.....
Excellent!!!!!!!
tim hitchins: well thank you very Valerio, so happy you thought that, posting another shot of these fantastic birds tomorrowsmile

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