Saturday, September 27, 2008

Camera Critters: Redtailed Hawk



Red-Tailed Hawks are year-around residents of our area. Frequently they are seen perched high in a tree or on a utility pole where they can survey their surroundings, spotting prey and keeping a sharp look-out for danger. Seldom does an encounter with one of these majestic birds offer a good photographic opportunity.

This encounter, although near enough, did not afford me the quality of image that I seek but I though it acceptable to share. The encounter occurred in early morning with low light levels in the forest. I am pleased that it turned out as good as it did considering I shot it hand-held with the 400mm lens, ISO 800, at 1/30th of a second. This image would have been totally impossible without image stabilization.

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21 comments:

Picturing of Life said...

wow..nice hawk

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The Riverbum said...

As I was driving to a friend's house at dusk on Thursday, I pulled over on the side of the road to watch a hawk as it took a bath in a small pond. I had never seen a bird of prey enjoy the water so much. I was cussing myself for not having my camera with me!

ratmammy said...

that was a good photo, despite what you said! you got lucky!

Lapa37 said...

He's so beautiful your lucky to have gotten that shot.

fishing guy said...

Salty: Totally agree with all you say about hawks. They don't like to have there photos taken. Nice capture and I love your new header.

Faye Pekas said...

These guys really are hard to get a good shot of and soooo exciting when you do.

Now that I've got my computer set up and running I'll get back and see what else you've been doing.

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Christy said...

When capturing nature sometimes good enough is the best we can hope for. I understand the frustration, though.
It is a beautiful image of the redtail hawk.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

You may not think it was a good capture,but I think it's beautiful.We have red-tailed hawks in our yard,and we love to watch them.Never got that good a picture either.

bobbie said...

A very nice picture. Hawks just take my breath away. Wonderful to watch soaring.

Misty Dawn said...

I LOVE hawks... they are SO beautiful!

Reader Wil said...

It's a great shot in spite of the distance! Hawks are very impressive birds.

Tink *~*~* said...

When I lived on Long Island, the red-tailed hawks used to perch on the very high light poles over the parkways. I would always look for them when traveling around sundown/dusk.

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Judi~Gmj said...

Beautiful!

Tommy V said...

great photo.

Meggie said...

It looks like a great photo to me, Salty, though I'm no pro that's for sure! I recently saw a red tail fly over my truck and what a vivid red color to its tail. It was amazing! My sights until then were from quite a distance where I could barely make out the tail color.

Rambling Woods said...

Red-tails are so beautiful...

Dirk said...

Great capture, not easy! Well done.

lv2scpbk said...

A wonderful capture.

Gretchen said...

It's a great shot! I never get that close to hawks.

Louise said...

I'm not sure what you were looking for, but I love this. Perfectly framed (possibly it was all there was, but it works), and the depth of field and color make it an excellent shot in my opinion. I agree they are difficult to capture. When they are close enough to photograph, they don't appreciate my trying.