A juvenile Swainson’s Hawk on a bale of hay

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A juvenile Swainson's Hawk on a bale of hayA juvenile Swainson’s Hawk on a bale of hay – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/80, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light not baited

 I created this juvenile Swainson’s Hawk image two days ago before the sun rose over the mountains and I liked how it turned out despite the low light. The top of the hay bale almost looks frosty but it has been bleached by the sun so I think it contrasts nicely with the dark plumage of the immature hawk.

Our Swainson’s Hawks will soon be migrating for the winter and I hope this young hawk will be strong enough to make the journey to South America so it can return to Utah again next spring.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child August 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Lovely.

  2. Christine August 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

    This is really lovely Mia 😉

  3. Patty Chadwick August 11, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Looks like a strong, healthy bird…feather colors are besitiful, intense…

  4. Nancy Collins August 11, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I like it to Mia!

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