Embarrassed Red-tailed Hawk?


Sometimes when I am in the field doing my photography, occasionally I come up with an image that strikes my funny bone.  It happens when the object of your photo moves at just the right time, or wrong time, depending on how you look at.

When I was at Spring Creek Park the other morning I came across this Red-tailed Hawk.  He was in a tree facing away from me.  I got out of the car and was trying to find a way to get my focus between some tree branches.  A gust of wind came up as I pulled the trigger.  I caught the hawk just as his skirt blew up.  He looks slightly red-faced. 🙂

"Keep your eyes to yourself, please"

He flew off the tree branch then.  We watched him go and land further down the road.  We drove on and made a turn-a-round at the end of the park.  As we were making the return trip, there he was, high up in another tree.  This time I caught him in a more gentlemanly pose.

Click in either image to see an enlargement.

Exposure information:  Both photos where shot with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon 100-400mm zoom lens.  Spot metering, aperture priority, ISO 250.  Top photo 1/640 sec. @ f6.3.  Second photo 1/500 sec. @ f6.3.