A Red-tailed Hawk in Utah County

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Red-tailed Hawk with its eye on preyRed-tailed Hawk with its eye on prey – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light, not baited

Today I have just a few images of a Red-tailed Hawk I spotted yesterday on a power pole in Utah County near the southern part of the Oquirrh Mountain Range. The Red-tailed Hawk was actively hunting using the power poles as lookout perches and a good many of my shots had the power lines in them unfortunately.

Red-tailed Hawk in Utah CountyRed-tailed Hawk in Utah County – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light, not baited

While observing and photographing the Red-tailed Hawk I saw it catch and eat several rodents but always on the top of the poles. There aren’t any natural perches in the area but I sure wish there were.

Red-tailed Hawk in a diveRed-tailed Hawk in a dive – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 500mm, natural light, not baited

The Red-tailed Hawk would watch for prey in the grasses and then dive down from the power poles when it spotted something. It did miss a few times and would come up from the ground with empty talons.

It was nice to get out and actually have a bird of prey in my viewfinder for a change plus we ran into a good friend and had a great time catching up with each other over lunch.



  1. eric czyz January 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    hello mia
    it s simply beautifull, it s always a pleasure to come there, thanks a lot :)))

  2. Julie Brown January 25, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I really like these flight shots with the wings open. The head turn really makes the first one very balanced.

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  4. Lois Bryan January 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Mia these are magnificent … the … well, for want of a better word: “underlighting” that the angle of the sun gave you give US the most amazing view of a part of birdie that would normally be in shadow. Well done, girlie!!!!

  5. Sally Wood January 23, 2014 at 11:29 am

    These are really great pics for IDs. Now I am thinking what I saw a week ago could have been a Red-tailed, not a Rough-legged. Super shots, Mia!

  6. Wally January 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Raptor in action!

    Superb technical quality photographs, great composition, handsome model – all the elements of a successful photo shoot, Mia!

  7. Jane Chesebrough January 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Nice shots, Mia. Is it common to see these hawks at this location this time of year?

  8. Elephant's Child January 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Wonderful captures (yours and the hawks) – glad that you had a great day.

  9. Utahbooklover January 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Very good Mia. The first one is my favorite but I also really like the last one too. Thanks!

  10. MJ January 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Just beautiful!

  11. Patty Chadwick January 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Great images…especially like the third. Those poles are visually obnoxious, but sound like good prey spotting posts for hungry hawks. I sure hope your lunch tasted better than his!

  12. Montanagirl January 22, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Brilliant photos as always.

  13. Stu January 22, 2014 at 7:04 am


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