A Cedar Valley Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 350mm, natural light, not baited

Just a simple Red-tailed Hawk in flight image that I took early last week in Cedar Valley on a bright, clear day. I wish there had been some fluffy white clouds in the sky to break up the Bluebird Sky but I love these birds so much that I will take images of them every chance I get. And I do!


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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. hi mia
    it s still beautifull, a nice catch, bravo =)))

  2. Your inflight photos are always great. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Mia, I’m so glad to have found your site. I love you photos.
    Question on this one – did you hand-hold the camera for this shot? Or use a tripod?
    or the noodle (which I LOVE – fantastic idea, very innovative)?
    Does using the TC allow you to get away with a shot like this hand-held?
    I do pretty well, hand-held, up to about 300, but at 400 I need a tripod.
    (This is w/o a TC.)
    I’m curious if you got this 350 shot hand-held.
    Excellent work however you got it!
    Thanks – Mary

    • Mary, I am glad you found my site too.

      I used my Noodle for this shot. It was taken from the side of a road where it would be dangerous to get out and set up a tripod and the hawk likely would have lifted off as soon as I opened the door. I can’t handhold my 200-400mm for very long because it is heavy but I do it when I need to! This was taken with the TC attached, I didn’t have time to remove it.


  4. Mia, are you nuts? This is a fantastic, gorgeous shot!!!

  5. No clouds needed! Excellent close flying shot, spot on the eye! Wonderful, many thanks for sharing.

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