Red-tailed Hawk Lift Off with Nesting Material in Northern Utah

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Red-tailed Hawk lift off with nesting materialRed-tailed Hawk lift off with nesting material – Nikon D810, f8, 1/2500, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I took this image about two weeks ago in northern Utah and I am hoping that the Red-tailed Hawks are about half way through incubating their eggs now. I haven’t been near the nest in almost two weeks because I don’t want to disturb nesting Red-tailed Hawks, or any other species for that matter. I hope that they will raise two or three chicks and increase the population of Red-tailed Hawks.

I am not sure why the Red-tailed Hawk lifted off with nesting material in its bill from the nest, maybe the hawk felt that piece of nesting material wasn’t suitable. I’ve seen ospreys do the same thing in Florida.

I liked the wing position of the hawk that shows the intricate patterns under the wing, the eye contact and the textures on the cliff wall behind the hawk.

I hope the hawks have been able to keep their eggs warm and dry the past few weeks given all of the rain that we have had here in northern Utah.

Life is good.



  1. Molly May 5, 2016 at 7:51 am

    A striking photo.

  2. Jim Miller May 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    This one is just spectacular, Mia. Nice work, once again.

  3. Patty Chadwick May 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Interesting how the darker rock resembles the red-tail in shape…like an echo….

  4. Elephant's Child May 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    A hawk of discernment. And a beautiful bird deserves the perfect decor…

  5. Patty Chadwick May 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    A powerful looking bird! Love the shadow of the wing on the rock….that one stick being carried away must have been a reject…

  6. Bob mcpherson May 1, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Beautiful capture , Mia. They are gorgeous birds.

    • Mia McPherson May 1, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Thank you Bob, they truly are.

  7. Roger Burnard May 1, 2016 at 5:37 am

    I love these “lift off” shots, and you nailed this one Mia… Well done, again. ;-)))

  8. Nels Arvidson May 1, 2016 at 5:36 am

    May be doing some “house cleaning” taking the garbage out.

    • Mia McPherson May 1, 2016 at 5:39 am

      That could very well be Nels.

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