Ferruginous Hawk horizontal take off – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
Yesterday while out in the west desert of Utah I spotted a Ferruginous Hawk on a power pole next to the road and I felt excited because I haven’t seen many Ferruginous Hawks of late. Any day I see a Ferruginous Hawk is a good day.
The road is a busy one with gravel trucks zooming past at regular intervals so many of the raptors that perch on these poles are acclimated to traffic and will often allow a close approach by using a vehicle as a mobile blind. I don’t really like taking images of birds on power poles though because of the multitude of wires and insulators found on them so quite often I just hope to get flight images after the birds have left the pole and gotten past the wires into the clear sky, some times that works out and I get great flight shots of my subject and some times it doesn’t and only get the best shots of my subject when there are plenty of wires in the frame which I find distracting and I don’t normally keep or edit those files or post them in my galleries or here on my blog.
But of course there are exceptions.
I have to say that when I viewed this image on my monitor of the Ferruginous Hawk taking off from the power pole yesterday that I laughed out loud. I don’t believe I have ever seen a hawk of any kind take off on such a perfect horizontal plane with its feet still on the perch. It looks like this hawk is diving into the sky. Maybe it just doesn’t take much to entertain me or perhaps I really needed to laugh.
Life can be amusing.