Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk stretching its wings

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A juvenile Swainson's Hawk stretching its wingsA juvenile Swainson’s Hawk stretching its wings – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I had wanted to post this photo of a juvenile Swainson’s Hawk last week from Montana but because my cell signal was so cruddy I didn’t get this image uploaded. I really like the pose. The two juvenile Swainson’s spent a lot of time perched, preening and stretching on these fence posts one morning and to my delight this pose was caught in profile not from the back of the bird like it so often happens.

It won’t be very long before these juvenile Swainson’s Hawks join their parents and thousands of other Swainson’s in a long journey to the pampas in South America. They might even fly over the Wasatch Mountains here in Utah as they migrate.

Safe journey young ones, safe flight.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover September 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Very unusual pose makes for an interesting image. How about all that rain today!?

  2. Elephant's Child September 16, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Beyond beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Bob Mcpherson September 16, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia. Well worth waiting for.

  4. Patty Chadwick September 16, 2015 at 6:24 am

    A blossom of wings…that is such a beautiful image! Almost looks like a flower just opening in the morning sun…what a gorgeous, solid, healthy- looking bird….fantastic!

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