Tooele County beckoned yesterday and I am glad it did because of coming across this adult Red-tailed Hawk. The day turned out to be sunny and warm which was delightful after the long winter we had here in Utah.
The Red-tail didn’t stay perched long.
And it lifted off in a different direction than I had expected. I like this pose because the wings are up, the hawk is focused on the direction it is heading and the feet haven’t completely left the perch yet.
Adult Red-tailed Hawks have such dark eyes and this image shows that well along with the beautiful earthy tones under the wing and the chest.
The hawk was heading east and the light was nice. I can’t tell you how many images I have dumped into my recycle bin because the light wasn’t great.
As the hawk flew lower I lost focus right after this image was taken.
It was a wonderful day.
These images were taken with a Nikon D300, f6.3, shutter speeds were between 1/1250 to 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4 x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited