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Swainsons Hawk on Branch, originally uploaded by dagnyg.

We have a pair of Swainsons hawks in the neighborhood. I took about 2 dozen photos to get just one nice shot. The hawk was backlit, I was using a 80-400 mm Nikkor zoom lens at 400 mm which can’t do better than f 5.6, and my older D80 does not work well at high ISO. But I’m happy with this image.