Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Bird on a Wire: Broad-winged Hawk
Surprisingly the hawk remained perched and did not seem overly concerned with my intrusion. Handing off the 30D to my wife I retrieved the 60D & 600mm F4 from the backseat, adjusted the window to provide lens support and began shooting in earnest. It was only after doing some research that I learned that I had photographed an immature broad-winged hawk. These birds, while common to our area, spend most of their time in the woods and seldom perch in a open spot where they can be photographed.
Broad-winged hawks nest in our area as well as much farther north. Their fall migration has begun with considerable numbers being counted daily as they pass by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on their long trek to winter in South America.