A simple Red-tailed Hawk photo from Montana

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Adult Red-tailed Hawk close up fly byAdult Red-tailed Hawk close up fly by – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, not baited

While I was in Montana I didn’t see as many Red-tailed Hawk juveniles as I expected but I did see and photograph quite a few adults. This adult Red-tailed flew by at close range which gave me a very nice view of the underside of its wing that shows it was also molting though it didn’t look as raggedy as some of the other adult Red-tailed Hawks looked.

I wish there had been a few puffy clouds in the sky when I photographed this Red-tailed but I guess a plain blue sky isn’t so bad.

My hosting provider has been having issues so my blog might have been slow to open or respond recently, it has been that way for me from the backend too. I’m sorry.



  1. Dave Sparks August 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I like the angle, wing position, eye contact, and terrific detail. Good work!

  2. eric c11 August 3, 2013 at 12:53 am

    beautifull capture with sharped details, excellent works mia, bravo =)))

    • Mia McPherson August 3, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Thanks Eric, they are wonderful subjects!

  3. Tammy Karr July 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Wow, fantastic capture, Mia! Love all the details and colors in the feathers.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you Tammy, they are beautiful birds!

  4. Eileen July 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    It is a gorgeous flight shot, Mia! Happy Birding!

  5. Rohrerbot July 30, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Beautiful flight shot!

    • Mia McPherson July 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Chris, I was glad the bird flew towards us.

  6. Lynn Koch July 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This is a really beautiful pic, Mia. The feather detail is luscious.

    • Mia McPherson July 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Lynn, they are handsome hawks.

  7. Ricky July 30, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Great shot Mia!

  8. Bob Bushell July 30, 2013 at 5:10 am

    It’a beauty, I love it. Thanks Mia.

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