Red-tailed Hawk fly by

Red-tailed Hawk fly byRed-tailed Hawk fly by – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I photographed this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk flying by last month at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Davis County.

I wish there had been a few clouds in the sky to add interest but I do like the pose and eye contact plus the fanned out tail.

Bird photography has been slow around here lately so I am hoping the two storm fronts that are coming in will stir things up a bit.


  1. M. Firpi December 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    They are beautiful flying from this angle. Puerto Rico has a sub-species called Caribbean Red-tailed Hawks, very popular and have an indigenous name termed “Guaraguao” from the Taino indians who first inhabited the island. We have them nesting in the suburban areas of San Juan, at very high altitudes which makes it more difficult to photograph.

    • Mia McPherson December 24, 2012 at 5:39 am

      Thanks for sharing the info on the Caribbean Red-tailed Hawks Maria.

  2. Sherry in MT December 23, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Still that is an amazing shot and I love any bird photos of them in action (since mine are always blurry). Thank you for your kind words on Seek, they were PERFECT!

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Sherry. Appreciate your comment on this image.

      I’ll be thinking about you and Seek.

  3. Prairie Birder December 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Really beautiful, Mia!

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you Charlotte.

  4. Bob Bushell December 23, 2012 at 6:07 am

    A beauty Mia.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Bob, they are beautiful.

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