Sunday, 22 August 2004
A Worldwide Ornithological Élite
CREDIT: © Eduard Schwan/Personal Web Spot
WHERE: Cedar Breaks, Utah. WHAT: white morph red tail hawk.
MAP: Cedar Breaks. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.
© 2004, Eduard Schwan Pictures, all rights reserved: watermarked for identification; must not be reproduced for any purpose without the owner's written permission.
If you repair to Eduard Schwan's web site, you will find plenty of interest, but not this picture of a white morph red tail hawk, which is a world exclusive. The picture was taken on 10 August 2004 in Cedar Breaks, southern Utah. At the time Eduard was carrying a Canon GL-2 miniDV videocamera, set to still photo mode. Eduard comments, "The Canon GL-2 is a great video camera, and a not so great 1.2 megapixel digital still camera, but the optics and zoom are exceptional."
We think the content far outweighs any technical considerations for this shot.
When Eduard is not on one of his extensive jollies of one sort or another, he lives just north of San Diego in California, where he works as a computer programmer. Before we had any of our more recent contact with Eduard, we knew him as the author of a graphics program that made images into animated QuickTime movie files in the pre Roman days of Macintosh computing, named MooVer.
If that name makes sense to you as a pun, then you were probably around when certain computer operating systems still worked from a command line prompt rather than a GUI [graphical user interface]. When you visit his web site, you may check out Eduard's various obsessions, all of them safe for clean living souls, though visitors of a nervous disposition might think twice about visiting the Dragons section!
A relation of the noble bird in today's feature lives in the heart of New York City. Known as 'Pale Male', he joins an ornithological élite of world famous individual birds such as Frodo  [MS Windows blinkered web site] a denizen of downtown Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Beats watching network television, hands down.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)