Photographing Red-tailed Hawk juvies on the wing

Red-tailed juvenile landing on a rock outcroppingRed-tailed juvenile landing on a rock outcropping – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 300mm, natural light, not baited

These are a just few images that I have edited taken since August of Red-tailed Hawk juveniles on Antelope Island State Park.

The juvenile Red-tailed above was just coming in to land on a rocky out cropping, the white wash is a sign that this rock is used as a perch often and not just by the Red-tailed Hawks. I’ve seen American Kestrels, Chukars, Rock Wrens, Western Meadowlarks and more on those rocks.

Red-tailed Hawk juvenile and its shadowRed-tailed Hawk juvenile and its shadow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Even though the young  hawk is small in the frame in this image I like it because of the bird’s shadow falling on the rock below it.

Red-tailed juvie flying pastRed-tailed juvie flying past – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

This immature Red-tailed Hawk was looking at the rock it would soon perch on as it flew past me.

We have lift offWe have lift off – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

This Red-tailed juvenile was just lifting off from the dark rocks when I created this image, the talons on the bird’s right foot were still touching the perch it was leaving. This frame shows how long the legs of these Red-tailed Hawks actually are.

Mia

Additional posts you might enjoy:

28 comments to Photographing Red-tailed Hawk juvies on the wing

Leave a Reply