A Red-tailed Hawk on a cold winter day

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A Red-tailed Hawk on a cold winter dayA Red-tailed Hawk on a cold winter day – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 350mm, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

It hasn’t been particularly hot recently here in Utah, in fact we have been having some much needed rain, but I have found myself yearning for winter and the Red-tailed Hawks that are found in large numbers in the Great Salt Lake Valley. I photographed this particular Red-tailed Hawk on five different days in Utah County and really enjoyed the cold, crisp mornings I had with it. I’m not so sure my fingers would agree with me though because on those mornings they were kind of numb most of the time. At any rate, as we move into the “Dog days of summer” I thought this image might be refreshing. It is for me.



  1. Utahbooklover August 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    A very striking image, good work Mia. Amazing how much rain, a nice change indeed (the brown grass is green again).

  2. Elephant's Child August 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Determination exemplified. Beautifully.

  3. Patty Chadwick August 5, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Woderful image! talk about focus!!! That bird has laser focus….destination? Or prey?

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