Adult Red-tailed Hawk Surveying Its World

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Red-tailed Hawk surveying its worldRed-tailed Hawk surveying its world – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 320, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I photographed this adult Red-tailed Hawk earlier this year in northern Utah as it perched on a lichen-covered rock surveying its world and thought I would share it today. Red-tailed Hawks are year round residents in northern Utah and I see them out in the deserts, the mountains, the canyons, along the roads I travel and I also see them on the wing. Just seeing them lifts my spirits and reminds me that we all have a place in nature.

Today is kind of an important day for me, for my son and for his family. Today my oldest son is getting married and today the woman he loves becomes a daughter to me. I won’t be there to see them speak their vows but I am there with them in spirit. William and Jen, I love you. I wish you both a long and happy marriage filled with joy. I’m so very happy that you found each other.

Life is good.



  1. azstu September 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Congrats to you and them also Mia.. Excellent Photo

  2. Elephants Child September 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life for your son and his bride.
    Love the majestic Red-tailed Hawk. Of course.

  3. Laura Culley September 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Hearty congratulations to your son and new daughter!
    Seeing wild redtails also lifts my spirits. I’ve always loved how they take the highest-available perch to survey as much land as possible, looking for that slightest of whisker twitches. I remember the day Mariah learned about tall perches in her first year. From that moment on, I could predict where she was going to perch with about 97% accuracy. I love it when they own their skies and the land beneath it.
    The rock and lichen are a bonus. We don’t have much of that here 😉
    Thank you!

  4. April Olson September 3, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations. Wish you could have gone too.

  5. Liz Cormack September 3, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I love this photo of the Red-tailed Hawk. And congratulations to your son & soon-to-be daughter-in-law, William & Jen. May you have a long life together.

  6. Laila Quick September 3, 2017 at 8:11 am

    What a wonderful tribute to your son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law! RTH’s are one of my most favorite animals, and definitely one of my most favorite birds of prey. Thank you for sharing all these incredible photos!

  7. Bob mcphersons September 3, 2017 at 6:21 am


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