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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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!
that was a good photo, despite what you said! you got lucky!
He's so beautiful your lucky to have gotten that shot.
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.
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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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.
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.
A very nice picture. Hawks just take my breath away. Wonderful to watch soaring.
I LOVE hawks... they are SO beautiful!
It's a great shot in spite of the distance! Hawks are very impressive birds.
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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Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.
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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.
Red-tails are so beautiful...
Great capture, not easy! Well done.
A wonderful capture.
It's a great shot! I never get that close to hawks.
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.
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