Concentration – Red-tailed Hawk juvenile

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Concentration - Juvenile Red-tailed HawkConcentration – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light, not baited set up or called in

I spend a lot of time in the field not just photographing my subjects but observing them, learning about them and getting to know their behaviors and habits. In particular I enjoy photographing and watching recently fledged raptors developing their hunting skills because I find it fascinating. This juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was concentrating on some thing on the ground when I photographed it.



  1. Julie Brown November 9, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Nice pose. Raptors are fascinating. I don’t get to see them very often, so your images fill a void!

    • Mia McPherson November 9, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Julie, I am glad my raptor images fill a void for you!

  2. Rohrerbot November 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve been doing the same as well Mia. It’s important to understand the behaviors to get better shots with tracking and predicting moves. Just like you, I’ve been tracking a juvenile Harris Hawk and it has been exciting to observe the behaviors of not only the hawk but the birds interacting with him. Great shots!

    • Mia McPherson November 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

      Thank you Chris, it really is important to study the behavior of our subjects.

  3. Tami November 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I don’t think I want to be a mouse or vole at the end of that stare! What a wonderful moment frozen in time, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Tami, I wouldn’t want to be a vole or mouse being stared at like that either!

  4. Bob Bushell November 8, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Absolutely beautiful Mia.

  5. Az Stu November 8, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Great capture Mia

  6. Martin Belan November 8, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Beautiful Capture Mia! Love the look!

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