Concentration – Red-tailed Hawk juvenile

Concentration - Juvenile Red-tailed HawkConcentration – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light, not baited set up or called in

I spend a lot of time in the field not just photographing my subjects but observing them, learning about them and getting to know their behaviors and habits. In particular I enjoy photographing and watching recently fledged raptors developing their hunting skills because I find it fascinating. This juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was concentrating on some thing on the ground when I photographed it.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Nice pose. Raptors are fascinating. I don’t get to see them very often, so your images fill a void!

  2. I’ve been doing the same as well Mia. It’s important to understand the behaviors to get better shots with tracking and predicting moves. Just like you, I’ve been tracking a juvenile Harris Hawk and it has been exciting to observe the behaviors of not only the hawk but the birds interacting with him. Great shots!

  3. I don’t think I want to be a mouse or vole at the end of that stare! What a wonderful moment frozen in time, Mia.

  4. Absolutely beautiful Mia.

  5. Beautiful Capture Mia! Love the look!

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