One of the nice things about cruddy weather is that I get the chance to edit some of the images that are languishing in my files that I have taken but not gotten around to processing. Here are a few of a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk photographed in August on Antelope Island State Park.
I caught the juvenile Red-tailed with its feet still on the perch and its wings lifting.
This is the next frame, the young hawk has left the perch and its wings are in a fully raised position.
I’d like this image a whole lot better if the hawk had been a little higher so the out of focus rock and foreground vegetation weren’t in front of the left wing and tail of the Red-tailed.
This is a “kick my own butt” shot because it is such a dynamic landing pose and I messed up by clipping the top of the wings. If only I had pulled my zoom back a bit or raised my lens a little. My bottom was sore for days.
I think I was able to take about 20 images of the juvenile as it slowly glided by towards prey on the ground.
I like how regal the young Red-tailed looks in this frame.