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I spotted this beautiful bird of prey perching on my satellite dish, scanning my backyard for a juicy rodent I'm sure. I quickly grabbed my Canon camera, put my 300mm lens on it and took this picture. I'm pleasantly surprised at the nice quality of the image, considering I was shooting the lens hand held, through a plate glass door and leaves from a foreground bush. I did help to keep it steady by turning the image stabilizer on and shooting at 1/2000 of a second. I also leaned the front of the lens against the plate glass. A few mintes later, it flew to a nearby tree, but then flew back down to the lawn. I think he was looking for moles, because I know I have lots of mole hills in my yard.
I think I know what type of hawk this guy is, but I'm not sure. Let me know what you think it is.