Adult Swainson’s Hawk Portrait

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Swainson's Hawk portraitAdult Swainson’s Hawk portrait – Nikon D200, f9, 1/250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I photographed this hawk in May of 2011 and soon after I photographed it I made a post about the bird here on my blog. The other day I came across that post and felt very embarrassed because on that post I realized I had incorrectly ID’d this bird as a Red-tailed Hawk. I must have been distracted or in a hurry to make the wrong ID but it does show that no matter how well you know your bird ID a mistake can be made.

I’ve corrected my previous post that had images of this bird n it.

And I have completely washed the egg off of my face 🙂



  1. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for your comments everyone!

  2. Utahbooklover May 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Well, we all make mistakes, especially some of the hawks. Nice portrait in any case and I admire those who correct mistakes.

  3. eric c11 April 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    nice attitude, well catched mia ☺

  4. Sally Wood April 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

    What a beauty!

  5. Prairie Birder April 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Really beautiful portrait, Mia! I can’t wait for the Swainson’s Hawks to arrive.

  6. Jo-Anne Hyder April 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

    The Swainson’s hawk and the Red Tail look so similar, the ID confusion is understandable. 🙂 Great pic, btw! 🙂

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