Adult Red-tailed Hawk on a ridge

Perched adult Red-tailed HawkPerched adult Red-tailed Hawk

Tooele County beckoned yesterday and I am glad it did because of coming across this adult Red-tailed Hawk. The day turned out to be sunny and warm which was delightful after the long winter we had here in Utah.

The Red-tail didn’t stay perched long.

Red-tailed Hawk lift offRed-tailed Hawk lift off

And it lifted off in a different direction than I had expected. I like this pose because the wings are up, the hawk is focused on the direction it is heading and the feet haven’t completely left the perch yet.

Red-tailed Hawk right after lift offRed-tailed Hawk right after lift off

Adult Red-tailed Hawks have such dark eyes and this image shows that well along with the beautiful earthy tones under the wing and the chest.

Red-tailed Hawk flying over a ridgeRed-tailed Hawk flying over a ridge

The hawk was heading east and the light was nice. I can’t tell you how many images I have dumped into my recycle bin because the light wasn’t great.

Red-tailed Hawk fly byRed-tailed Hawk fly by

As the hawk flew lower I lost focus right after this image was taken.

It was a wonderful day.


These images were taken with a Nikon D300, f6.3, shutter speeds were between 1/1250 to 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4 x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

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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. Thanks Mom, Susan, Fern, Bob, Eric, Eileen, Julie, Sam, Jane, Robert, Beverly and Ricky. I appreciate all of your comments.

  2. Humming Bird lover

    Hi! The image, coloring and background are perfect! Great shots. Have a great day! A beautiful bird!

  3. Awesome work Mia, Red-Tails high rank on my favorites list:)

  4. having the multiple images gives such a fascinating view of how birds use the shaping of their wings as they fly! Thanks for posting the group!

  5. The pretty bird, flying about the place, right on.

  6. you have got good moves in this serie, great pictures again mia ☺
    have a nice day ☼

  7. Oh wow, these are just amazing shots of the Red-tailed hawk! Well done, Mia!

  8. So very beautiful against the blue sky. Fantastic photographs of this very stunning bird!

  9. Jane Chesebrough

    Wonderful day and wonderful photos. I look forward to seeing the return of the Red-taileds.

  10. Beautiful work Mia, The Red-Tails are one of my favorite birds!


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