A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in really bad light

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Red-tailed Hawk in really bad lightRed-tailed Hawk in really bad light – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/8000, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Sometimes I take the shot despite knowing that I am not shooting in optimal conditions, most of the time the results are awful but once in awhile I actually enjoy the final image.

This image was taken at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in northeastern Utah, there were dark, heavy clouds hanging in the sky and the sun was trying to break through the gloom as this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk flew over my head. I stuck my lens out the window, pointed it skyward and fired a few shots.

This image was the result. I like it because it is kind of spooky. Weird. Different for me.


  1. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you all.

  2. Merrill Ann Gonzales May 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I love it… Somehow it reminds me of an American Indian design…. Very abstract. I don’t find it spooky at all… I enjoy the symmetry of nature … just lovely.

  3. Utahbooklover May 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Nice shot — always worth taking a chance, I agree Mia, because sometimes you win! I would call this a semi-sillouette.

  4. Liz May 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Love how the light shines through the wings!

  5. Bob Bushell May 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    You can see its wing tips, beautiful.

  6. Prairie Birder May 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I think it is a very cool photo!

  7. Azstu May 21, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Cool and Spooky 😉 interesting shot

  8. judy watson May 21, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I like it too.

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