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Double Threat

Double Threat
Photograph by Joel Sartore

Neither this white-tailed hawk chick nor the bush in which it nests is as innocuous as it seems. Once grown, the hawk could become a serious threat not only to individual prairie-chickens but also to the species itself. With so few Attwater’s remaining, any threat—from predator, disease, or weather—could precipitate the grouse’s extinction. Even vegetation can take a toll. As exotic plants like this Macartney’s rosebush invade the grasslands, they not only deprive the prairie-chicken of habitat, they also give refuge to its enemies.



Camera: Nikon F-5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm AFS f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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