Adult Swainson’s Hawk Portrait

Swainson's Hawk portraitSwainson’s Hawk portrait – Nikon D200, f9, 1/250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I photographed this hawk in May of 2011 and soon after I photographed it I made a post about the bird here on my blog. The other day I came across that post and felt very embarrassed because on that post I realized I had incorrectly ID’d this bird as a Red-tailed Hawk. I must have been distracted or in a hurry to make the wrong ID but it does show that no matter how well you know your bird ID a mistake can be made.

I’ve corrected my previous post that had images of this bird n it.

And I have completely washed the egg off of my face :-)

Mia

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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.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for your comments everyone!

  2. Well, we all make mistakes, especially some of the hawks. Nice portrait in any case and I admire those who correct mistakes.

  3. nice attitude, well catched mia ☺

  4. What a beauty!

  5. Really beautiful portrait, Mia! I can’t wait for the Swainson’s Hawks to arrive.

  6. The Swainson’s hawk and the Red Tail look so similar, the ID confusion is understandable. :) Great pic, btw! :)

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