Yesterday I spent the morning in Box Elder County driving along the Promontory Mountain Range and Red-tailed Hawks were the most numerous raptors I saw. I was very pleased to come across this Red-tailed Hawk perched on a huge lichen covered boulder in a breeze.
Just before the Red-tailed Hawk took flight I switched to full frame (FX) mode on my D810 because I wanted a wider view of the bird in its habitat than I was getting by using cropped sensor (DX) mode. With a bird in flight or a bird with a background that appears all silky because of the bokeh it is hard to get the feeling of the habitat but in this frame that habitat is very apparent.
As I was heading north I came across this Red-tailed Hawk on a power pole that was very cooperative. The road was close to the pole and even when I pulled way off the shoulder I could not fit the whole bird in the frame so I decided to take portraits of it. If I had stayed further south or north of this hawk to allow for room to capture the hawk in flight I would have had crappy light on the bird and I would have come home with images I just would have deleted. I have no doubt that I made the right choice. I enjoyed seeing and photography the Red-tailed Hawks near the Promontory Mountains.
Life is good.