What is the last thing a Jackrabbit might see – A Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk glidingFerruginous Hawk gliding – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Ferruginous Hawks west of the Continental Divide prefer rabbits as prey so what you see here might be the last thing a Cottontail or Jackrabbit might see.  I’m glad I am not a rabbit!

I photographed this Ferruginous Hawk in the Centennial Valley of Montana, it wasn’t actually going after prey, it was gliding in towards a power pole to land on top of it.


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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. this attitude is impressive !!
    good good capture mia, not so easy to get, a big bravo for you =)))
    see you soon ☺

  2. Wow, awesome angle, Mia! I hope to see a Ferrugnious Hawk someday. It’s wonderful to view your outstanding images in the meantime.

  3. Watching a predator in action sure makes me appreciate NOT being on their menu…
    I like how that bird’s head is held a little low: I suspect there’s less wind resistance that way, eh? I’ve never seen a raptor photo w/that angle, before. Nice! =)

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