A Cedar Valley Red-tailed Hawk

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Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 350mm, natural light, not baited

Just a simple Red-tailed Hawk in flight image that I took early last week in Cedar Valley on a bright, clear day. I wish there had been some fluffy white clouds in the sky to break up the Bluebird Sky but I love these birds so much that I will take images of them every chance I get. And I do!



  1. Bob Bushell February 4, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Beautiful bird flying.

  2. eric czyz February 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    hi mia
    it s still beautifull, a nice catch, bravo =)))

  3. Montanagirl February 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Simply breath-taking.

  4. Utahbooklover February 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Your inflight photos are always great. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mia McPherson February 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you Utahbooklover!

  5. Mary McAvoy February 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Hi Mia, I’m so glad to have found your site. I love you photos.
    Question on this one – did you hand-hold the camera for this shot? Or use a tripod?
    or the noodle (which I LOVE – fantastic idea, very innovative)?
    Does using the TC allow you to get away with a shot like this hand-held?
    I do pretty well, hand-held, up to about 300, but at 400 I need a tripod.
    (This is w/o a TC.)
    I’m curious if you got this 350 shot hand-held.
    Excellent work however you got it!
    Thanks – Mary

    • Mia McPherson February 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Mary, I am glad you found my site too.

      I used my Noodle for this shot. It was taken from the side of a road where it would be dangerous to get out and set up a tripod and the hawk likely would have lifted off as soon as I opened the door. I can’t handhold my 200-400mm for very long because it is heavy but I do it when I need to! This was taken with the TC attached, I didn’t have time to remove it.


  6. Sherry in MT February 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    “Simply” stunning!

  7. Lois Bryan February 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

    he’s glorious!!!!!!!

    • Mia McPherson February 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you Lois, this hawk is glorious!

  8. Patty Chadwick February 3, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Mia, are you nuts? This is a fantastic, gorgeous shot!!!

    • Mia McPherson February 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm


      I probably am nuts! I am always looking for different backgrounds to add interest. Thank you!

  9. Dick Harlow February 3, 2014 at 7:03 am

    No clouds needed! Excellent close flying shot, spot on the eye! Wonderful, many thanks for sharing.

    • Mia McPherson February 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you Dick! It was a pretty day with that Bluebird Sky, especially when the next 5 or 6 were dreary and gray.

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