A dark juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

Dark juvenile Red-tailed Hawk lifting offDark juvenile Red-tailed Hawk lifting off – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Quite often I don’t have much time at all to get ready to take images because you need to get close to the subject, find a good angle of light and make sure your camera settings will produce the best image for the conditions. This dark juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was difficult to find the right exposure for because of how dark it is in contrast to the very light tree bark. Before I could get the exposure right the juvenile hawk lifted off…

Dark juvenile Red-tailed Hawk fly byDark juvenile Red-tailed Hawk fly by – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

And flew past me. The images came out better than I expected though and I am happy with a few from the series of its lift off and flight. And it is such a handsome individual too.



  1. eric c11 October 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    great timing for the both shoots, a good work an other time for you
    thanks mia =))

  2. Jane Chesebrough October 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I took some quick shots with the camera setting at Aperture priority and almost blew it due to slow shutter so learned to crank up the ISO-something you taught me. I like how this has turned out, all in the frame and the expression of the face with upturned wings.

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales October 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Mia, I have to tell you, that even the photos that you don’t feel are perfect, are better than anything I can find in field guides! These two photos are such a gold mine of info… as far as I’m concerned they are exquisite! The feathering of this bird… between the two photos is truly a gift… and I thank you.

  4. Elephant's Child October 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Stunning. Thank you.

  5. Azstu October 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Great story and photos.. Their eyes are like magnets, I find myself immediately homing in on them. thanks for sharing

  6. Ilze Long October 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Yes he is handsome! Keep the pictures and commentary coming.

  7. patty chadwick October 16, 2013 at 7:28 am


  8. Montanagirl October 16, 2013 at 6:46 am

    He’s very handsome! Nice captures.

  9. Bob Bushell October 16, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Wow, beautiful juvenile.

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