Adult Red-tailed Hawk on a ridge

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Perched adult Red-tailed HawkPerched adult Red-tailed Hawk

Tooele County beckoned yesterday and I am glad it did because of coming across this adult Red-tailed Hawk. The day turned out to be sunny and warm which was delightful after the long winter we had here in Utah.

The Red-tail didn’t stay perched long.

Red-tailed Hawk lift offRed-tailed Hawk lift off

And it lifted off in a different direction than I had expected. I like this pose because the wings are up, the hawk is focused on the direction it is heading and the feet haven’t completely left the perch yet.

Red-tailed Hawk right after lift offRed-tailed Hawk right after lift off

Adult Red-tailed Hawks have such dark eyes and this image shows that well along with the beautiful earthy tones under the wing and the chest.

Red-tailed Hawk flying over a ridgeRed-tailed Hawk flying over a ridge

The hawk was heading east and the light was nice. I can’t tell you how many images I have dumped into my recycle bin because the light wasn’t great.

Red-tailed Hawk fly byRed-tailed Hawk fly by

As the hawk flew lower I lost focus right after this image was taken.

It was a wonderful day.


These images were taken with a Nikon D300, f6.3, shutter speeds were between 1/1250 to 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4 x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited


  1. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks Mom, Susan, Fern, Bob, Eric, Eileen, Julie, Sam, Jane, Robert, Beverly and Ricky. I appreciate all of your comments.

  2. Humming Bird lover March 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Hi! The image, coloring and background are perfect! Great shots. Have a great day! A beautiful bird!

  3. Susan March 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome work Mia, Red-Tails high rank on my favorites list:)

  4. Fern Culhane March 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    having the multiple images gives such a fascinating view of how birds use the shaping of their wings as they fly! Thanks for posting the group!

  5. Bob Bushell March 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    The pretty bird, flying about the place, right on.

  6. eric c11 March 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    you have got good moves in this serie, great pictures again mia ☺
    have a nice day ☼

  7. Eileen March 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Oh wow, these are just amazing shots of the Red-tailed hawk! Well done, Mia!

  8. Julie G. March 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    So very beautiful against the blue sky. Fantastic photographs of this very stunning bird!

  9. Sam Brunson March 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Amazing photos!

  10. Jane Chesebrough March 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Wonderful day and wonderful photos. I look forward to seeing the return of the Red-taileds.

  11. Robert Mortensen March 29, 2013 at 7:21 am


  12. Beverly Everson March 29, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Beautiful series, Mia!

  13. Ricky March 29, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful work Mia, The Red-Tails are one of my favorite birds!


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