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03/17/2009 12:18:47 AM · #151
testing out my new camera, we went to the pier.
we had a fun time. :]
naples, florida

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03/20/2009 12:54:36 AM · #152
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Ok, this isn't the coolest pic, actually a rather run of the mill in flight raptor that I have hundreds of in my library, but this is taken on the same day I saw the Coolest thing I've seen to date while watching these hawks in the neighborhood. Walking home with my daughter we got to watch one of these Coopers's Hawks dive bomb and snatch a Turtle Dove in mid air..holy cow these things cook when they streamline! The Turtle dove never had a chance, feathers everywhere! Sad and exciting at the same time. survival for one and death for another. Where are the pictures you ask??? I had no stroller so I was carrying my daughter...oh well, still a site to see for sure!
03/20/2009 01:56:53 AM · #153
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03/20/2009 11:34:29 AM · #154
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When you want to post photos, if you will reduce them to 640 pixels on the longest side, it will make viewing a lot nicer for those who still have dial-up networking. As a paid member, you can post thumbnails that open to the larger image when you click them. That's what most of us do.
It looks like you have some relatively tame birds at the pier. Have fun with your new camera, read and learn much here, and keep us updated as you go along.
This blackbird was about 15 miles from Naples yesterday.
03/20/2009 12:00:45 PM · #155
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03/21/2009 08:14:39 AM · #156
Gotta post this one here :-)
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03/21/2009 10:39:50 AM · #157
Originally posted by trevytrev:

snip . .
we got to watch one of these Coopers's Hawks dive bomb and snatch a Turtle Dove in mid air..holy cow these things cook when they streamline! The Turtle dove never had a chance, feathers everywhere!


They certainly move - I don't know about Coopers Hawks but I believe Perigrine Falcons can exceed 200mph in a dive (or Stoop to be technically correct) and as you observed the kill is achieved through the sheer force of impact.

Here's a couple of vids looking at them in action.

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3mTPEuFcWk&feature=related

//www.babelgum.com/html/clip.php?clipId=130366

//www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=15297

edit to add extra link.



Message edited by author 2009-03-21 10:52:42.
03/21/2009 11:26:22 AM · #158
Thanks for the links, pretty wicked! The one video said that they experience 25G's coming out of their stoop, that's amazing!
03/24/2009 12:48:07 PM · #159
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03/24/2009 02:34:32 PM · #160
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03/24/2009 02:39:02 PM · #161
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03/24/2009 02:42:20 PM · #162
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03/24/2009 04:16:15 PM · #163
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