Windy Day Red-tailed Hawk

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Male Red-tailed Hawk on a lichen covered perch on a windy dayMale Red-tailed Hawk on a lichen-covered perch on a windy day – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I overslept this morning so this is not at all the post I had planned to do, for some reason my alarm didn’t go off when it should have.

Yesterday morning was supposed to be mostly sunny according to the forecast and from what it looked like on the radar it looked like it was going to be nice. Surprise… it wasn’t. It was windy, cloudy and not a great day for bird photography because the wind seemed to keep most of the birds down or aloft and soaring but too far away.

I was able to point my lens at this male Red-tailed Hawk on a lichen-covered perch for a few frames before he flew away. I am always grateful for days when I can get even one photograph of these beautiful hawks and this one pleased me with his presence yesterday on a gray, windy morning.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Life is good.



  1. Laura Culley May 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    A redtail hawk plus lichen! YIPPEE! That’s a winner any day of the week!
    Happy Mother’s Day to all, whether your children have two legs or four, feathered or not 🙂

  2. Pepe Forte May 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Stunning image. The hawks head alone is a show-stopper. Great pic!
    HMD to you Mia…and, as always, thanks!

  3. Elephants Child May 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day – and that you for the gift of your images.

  4. April Olson May 14, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Mia, wishing blue skies and great birding opportunities.

  5. Patty Chadwick May 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

    HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY!!! Any day you get such a good shot of a Red-tailed is a good one…live the golden lichens on that beautiful rock…three of my favorite subjects: Red-tailed hawk, rock, lichens…SCORE!!!

  6. Bob Mcpherson May 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

    beautiful image, Mia. Happy Mothers Day to you.

  7. Liz Cormack May 14, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Happy Mother’s Day. Beautiful image as always.

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