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    Beautiful shot and a bit jealous. Six at one time! That is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayaker72 View Post
    Beautiful shot and a bit jealous. Six at one time! That is great.
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    I believe this is a female northern harrier. But, I am a bit torn between it and a couple types of hawks that look similar.

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    BTW...if anyone is wondering if animal eye-AF is legit? These were hand held with serious wind gusts catching my hood and blowing my 500 mm around. It was near impossible to keep the harrier centered. Yet....I would say 90+% of the shots are in focus on the eye. Also, for what it is worth, these were electronic shutter at 20 fps.

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    Brant,

    Great shots, my experience with eye AF is similar to yours, can't wait for chances at flight shots.

    I think the Harrier has more of a "mask" with light colored areas around it's eyes.

    I find some of these raptors difficult to ID .... this one, I think, is a Sharp Shinned Hawk


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    I think the Harrier has more of a "mask" with light colored areas around it's eyes.

    I find some of these raptors difficult to ID .... this one, I think, is a Sharp Shinned Hawk
    The alternative I had been considering was a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Interestingly, even though I can find where Massachusetts is well within the territory for Sharp Shinned Hawks, the Merlin App doesn't list it as an option, which is odd . Looking at this a bit more, Cooper's hawks and Sharp Shinned Hawks are very similar as one of the first things to pop up on a search of either is how to identify one over the other. This comparison references that Sharp Shinned hawks are closer in size to a blue jay and Cooper's hawks more like a crow. What I saw on Saturday was larger, more crow sized, so I am leaning juvenile Cooper's hawk at this point, but honestly, I have seen pictures of female N. Harriers, juvenile Sharp Shinned Hawks, and juvenile Cooper's hawks that are close. So.....

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    Agree ... that's a strong possibility .... did you see the tail at all?

    I think that can help sometimes.

    Great photos either way!

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    That should be the next feature to build into the camera. Automatically identify what you're shooting. While we're all going by "blue-jay sized" vs. "crow-sized", and a vaguely described color marking, some AI algorithm analyzing it at 100% zoom will probably say "Well, it's got 25 feathers above each eye, not 23, so obviously it's a (insert bird here)."
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    Ha! That would be a true "deep learning" feature.

    BTW, I think the consensus is immature Cooper's hawk. But absolutely crazy how similar some of these are. It really does get down to 23 feathers above its eye rather than 25.

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    Very nice
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    i think i'm getting better and bird photos!

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