Hmmm, why did Tinypic remove my image???
You lucky bugger!
I can't get that close to any birds of prey even when I creep up on them. Looks like a Sparrowhawk and you can't normally get that close. Cracking shots and I bet you were buzzing all day.
Hell, I'm still buzzing, especially for as amateur as I am! LOL
I thought it would take me a year or 2 just to get close enough to be to out of my camera's range. LOL My cam doesn't take external lenses. It does have a lot of the same features as a lot of DSLR's, however.
But I still can't believe that it let me get that close, walking about and holding a camera. I must have gotten about 30 feet away from it. It watched me the entire time except for when small birds would fly past it. Then it would quickly snap it's head toward the direction of the bird then back to me. I guess it didn't feel really threatened by me. I tried to make it look like I wasn't totally focused on it...kind of make it think I was just doing what I do. I guess it worked. LOL Maybe they enjoy watching us as much as we do them.
The only thing I did to these photos was to crop them, using Paint.net, to get rid of my neighbor's back yards.
Would Paint.net help me get rid of the neighbours too?
There's a Hawk that comes around our neighbourhood every winter, saw it back a couple of days ago. I got a shot of it once resting atop a nearby street lamp, but mostly when I see it, I forget the camera and worry about my two little dogs.
I'm sure it would, at least, help you to make something big enough to block your view of them.
I only use it to re-size photos and reduce their file size. It is a fairly good free program and is pretty fast.
I think that I'm starting to realize that I can see more since all of the foilage is gone/disappearing...and am actually looking more for such things. My neighbors have been telling me for years that they would swoop down to get smaller birds but I've never seen them and wasn't looking for them. My neighbors (the hawk was on their property) have a 2nd floor balcony where they sit and watch the birds. Many other neighbors have bird houses making it a virtual feeding ground for birds of prey...and the local cats. LOL