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 :-)


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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 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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