A Red-tailed Hawk just after lift off

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A Red-tailed Hawk just after lift offA Red-tailed Hawk just after lift off – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

This Red-tailed Hawk image was taken last week in the Centennial Valley of Montana just after the hawk lifted off from a power pole. I wish there had been mountains or fluffy white clouds in the background but it was taken on a morning when there were absolutely no clouds in the sky. I also wish that the right wing wasn’t hidden by the hawk’s body.

Life is good.




  1. ilze long June 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    if wishes were horses…it is a great, natural shot!

  2. Elephant's Child June 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    LOVE those britches.

  3. Patty Chadwick June 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Look at those talons and be very, very thankful you’re not a vole!!!

  4. Liz Cormack June 20, 2015 at 6:12 am

    It’s a beautiful photo, Mia. Like all your photos.

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