Immature Sharp-shinned Hawk in the Centennial Valley of Montana

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Centennial Valley immature Sharp-shinned HawkCentennial Valley immature Sharp-shinned Hawk – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

When I was looking for the Trumpeter Swan images I posted yesterday I came across a few images I meant to post last year but didn’t get around to it, life gets so busy that if I put things off long enough I forget about them for a while.

Last year on September 8th I located an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk in the Centennial Valley of Montana early in the morning as it flew low to the ground looking for small birds to capture and consume. It was a chilly morning and it seemed like some of the sparrows and bluebirds were on the road trying to warm up in the warmth of the rising sun. I didn’t see the hawk catch any prey but it was nice to have it perch on a rusty post for a bit in the golden light.

Immature Sharp-shinned Hawk perched on a metal postImmature Sharp-shinned Hawk perched on a metal post – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

This young Sharp-shinned Hawk may have hung around a touch longer than normal because it was so chilly that morning. I’m glad it did.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Linda Laugen August 31, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Somehow, to me, it LOOKS immature – especially the eye – especially in the first photo. As if he is just awakening to the world and wondering, “Whaasup?” Not yet wise to the ways of the world – hence his hanging around a bit longer than usual….

  2. Elephant's Child August 31, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I am glad it graced you with its presence too.

  3. Bob mcpherson August 31, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Beautiful image, Mia

  4. Don Weber August 31, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Very nice pictures! Every fall we have a pair of Sharpies that show up, and then about March they are gone… We are in Idaho and wonder where they go for the summer…

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