A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in really bad light

Red-tailed Hawk in really bad lightRed-tailed Hawk in really bad light – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/8000, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Sometimes I take the shot despite knowing that I am not shooting in optimal conditions, most of the time the results are awful but once in awhile I actually enjoy the final image.

This image was taken at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in northeastern Utah, there were dark, heavy clouds hanging in the sky and the sun was trying to break through the gloom as this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk flew over my head. I stuck my lens out the window, pointed it skyward and fired a few shots.

This image was the result. I like it because it is kind of spooky. Weird. Different for me.

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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. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    I love it… Somehow it reminds me of an American Indian design…. Very abstract. I don’t find it spooky at all… I enjoy the symmetry of nature … just lovely.

  2. Nice shot — always worth taking a chance, I agree Mia, because sometimes you win! I would call this a semi-sillouette.

  3. Love how the light shines through the wings!

  4. You can see its wing tips, beautiful.

  5. I think it is a very cool photo!

  6. Cool and Spooky ;) interesting shot

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