I am itching to get back out in the field with Swainson’s Hawks partly because they are handsome raptors and partly because by now there might be some young that have fledged. I don’t know if the pair of hawks in these photographs had success raising young but I know I sure hope they did. This female sure is a beauty!
Swainson’s Hawks are only in the area to breed and raise their young and they spend the rest of the year in South America so there are times when I am photographing them that I almost feel a sense of urgency where with Red-tailed Hawks that are in Utah year round I don’t have that urgent feeling.
I enjoyed photographing this pair of Swainson’s Hawks in Beaverhead County but I really love photographing the juveniles because they appear to be very interested in the world around them.
Life is good.
Happy Independence Day!