Swainson’s Hawk just after lift off

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Swainson's Hawk just after lift offSwainson’s Hawk just after lift off

This is an adult Swainson’s Hawk just after it lifted off from the barb wire on top of a fence on Antelope Island State Park a few days ago. I love the position of the feet & talons, the flared tail and the position of the hawk’s right wing. I do wish though that bird had looked more towards me.

I did clone out some of the barbed wire at the bottom of the frame in this image.

Bird photography isn’t a cake walk, you can have all the gear, know how to use it, know what settings to use and you can still get images that aren’t “great” because the subjects are alive, they don’t always fly off the way we hope and they don’t always do what we would like them to do.

But that is the part of bird photography that keeps it exciting.




  1. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for your comments on this Swainson’s Hawk image.

  2. Kathie May 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    What a beauty!

  3. Tami May 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Love the colors and feeling of movement in this, Mia.

  4. Prairie Birder May 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Wonderful photo, Mia!

  5. biobabbler May 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I LOVE the feet. Good reminder that if you have talons THAT long and sharp, tuck them away CAREFULLY whilst you fly. =)

  6. Laurence Butler May 2, 2013 at 8:35 am

    What a shot!
    Great stuff.

  7. Sherry in MT May 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Hmmm now I wonder if the hawk I took pictures of last weekend was a Swainson’s and not some variation of a red tail. Guess I’ll go do some more research before I post it and look really dumb!

  8. Bonnie peel May 2, 2013 at 7:50 am

    And yet, you still manage to present perfection to us. I know how hard that is from birding with Libby. Always fun to open your photographs

  9. Susan May 2, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Just beautiful Mia

  10. judy watson May 2, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Very nice!!

  11. eric c11 May 2, 2013 at 5:16 am

    nice move in this picture, good details and quality too, thanks mia
    have a nice day ☼

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