Red-tailed Hawk juvenile in low light conditions

Red-tailed Hawk juvenile in low light conditionsRed-tailed Hawk juvenile in low light conditions – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, +2.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light, not baited

In the winter I shoot a lot in fog, smog and low light conditions here in northern Utah but if you follow my blog you probably already know that and have heard me mention it a time or two (or four or a hundred). While I would prefer the sweet golden light of dawn or the warm tones found in the setting sun sometimes I just have to make do with what light I have.

The juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was photographed a few days before Christmas when the light was low, there was plenty of snow on the ground, there was fog hanging in the air and the occasional snowflakes were falling down. This Red-tailed juvenile has been hanging out at Farmington Bay for some time now so perhaps if I cross my fingers, do a sun dance, carry a lucky penny, rub Buddha’s belly, burn some sage and blow out some birthday candles (doesn’t matter whose cake it is, right?) I will get to photograph it in decent light.

My queendom for some sunshine! (And birds at the same time)


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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. it s still a pleasure to watch your picture, always excellent =)))
    have a nice day mia ☼

  2. Sunshine – you don’t ask for much AND birds. Sheesh! It is winter in the west and I feel your pain. Still you got a wonderful action shot there!

  3. Gorgeous image. Yearn for the sun, and keep capturing beauty where you find it.

  4. Jeez, Mia! What’s your problem???? Tha’s a GREAT shot!!! Love the angle of the wings, the flare of the primaries, the detail, the clear image of the alula, and, as usual, the composition….wonderful….

  5. it’s awesome the way it is, girl!!!!!!!!!!! I love the muted tone on tone look of the entire image … and the spread wings and sweet-gliding feel can’t be beat!!!!!! (I’m just glad I’m not a mousie!!!)

  6. Great shot, Mia. I like the lighting here, too.

  7. Superb image. For my part, I like the lighting in this photo.

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