Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk in Beaverhead County, Montana

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Swainson's Hawk juvenileJuvenile Swainson’s Hawk – Nikon D300, f8, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Not only did I see numerous Red-tailed Hawk juveniles on my recent trip to Montana, I also saw quite a few Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) juveniles too. This is one of them. Swainson’s juveniles have beautiful patterns on their backs and chests, according to the big Sibley’s Guide to birds this is an intermediate juvenile.

The young hawk was cooperative and it had a sibling that was on the other side of the road on a power pole with one of the adult birds. It is a gorgeous bird now and will grow up to be a very handsome adult.



  1. Jim August 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    That certainly is a beautiful hawk, what a treat to see these. I like your new copyright logo.

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Jim, I wanted the copyright to look like the logo on my site. Thanks also for your comment on this image.

  2. Earl August 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Nice photo.

  3. Susan August 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Beautiful capture, Swainson’s hawks are such handsome birds:)

  4. Carol Mattingly August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    He is beautiful Mia. I think the background helps him pop too. Carol

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks Carol, I really enjoy the background in this image.

  5. Bob Bushell August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm


    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you Bob, you are very kind.

  6. Syl August 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

    great photo..the feathers and design of this hawk are fabulous..what a lovely raptor

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Syl, they are very lovely raptors.

  7. Linda Rockwell August 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Lovely hawk photo. That plumage is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. M. Firpi August 28, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Wonderful portrait and beautifully contrasted plumage.

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Maria, these juvies do have wonderful plumage patterns.

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