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RE: [BirdYak] Sharp-shinned Hawk photos

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  • Gina King
    On that question of digit length, it does look odd in those shots. But if you look at both feet in photo 8 (as the bird gets ready to launch itself) both
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      On that question of digit length, it does look odd in those shots. But if you look at both feet in photo 8 (as the bird gets ready to launch itself) both middle toes look very long, so I think that's just how they appear when fully extended.
      Gina
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      Kevin and Yakkers,

      Kevin, thanks for the link to your Sharp-shinned Hawk photos.

      I believe that falcon/raptor expert Bud Anderson (Falcon Research Group?) once commented on Tweeters that, in comparison to Cooper's Hawks, Sharp-shinned's middle talon appears much longer in proportion. The last three photos in your sequence of eight are really show-stoppers for talon length. In particular, the photo currently labeled "5 of 30". The middle talon on the left leg is so long, I'm wondering if it is abnormal. Kevin has a "button" at the lower right of each photo that allows the photo to be greatly enlarged. Take a close, magnified look at that left foot as compared to the right foot. Any raptor nuts out there that would care to comment on the length of that dagger?

      Bud also mentioned that in the Sharpie to Cooper standoff that a male Sharpie (in particular) has eyes like saucers. Perhaps, Kevin's photo 4 (where the Sharpie is strutting on the catwalk) illustrates this feature. Or is it just me. That photo is reminiscent of a bow-legged cowpoke walking a tightrope.

      Later,
      Rich
      Befuddled Birder by 3700 Boonie Boon

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      Subject: [BirdYak] Sharp-shinned Hawk photos

      Yesterday I took some photos in my back yard from 8' away of a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It flew into a bush next to me, trying to catch some smaller twits. The smaller twits got away with their lives. I got away with some photos.
      A series of 8 photos is in my "Yakima birds" gallery.
      http://kevinslucas.com/?q=category/image-galleries/yakima-birds

      Kevin Lucas
      Yakima, WA

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