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.

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26 thoughts on “Embarrassed Red-tailed Hawk?

  1. Bob, as always fantastic photographs. Ever since I photographed Peregrine Falcon next to the Lincoln Memorial here in D.C., I have contemplating pursuing wildlife photography butI wasn’t sure which telephoto lens to purchase.

    The 100-400mm Canon L was one I have been considering. The results you get are amazing!!! However, not sure I will have the patience you do… maybe that’s exactly what I need — learn how to relax.

    • The Canon 100-400mm L lens is a superb wild-lfe lens. I strongly recommend it if you are doing any bird photography. I am not sure what you mean about the patience, but yes it does take some to sometimes watch and wait. Thanks for commenting, Jamie. Stay in touch. 🙂

  2. Love the Red-tail Hawks. We have our neighborhood hawk and he is always a thrill to view either circling or sitting on his favorite dead tree top of a ponderosa pine. We have been here in our home 12 years and he is still with us. Great photos.

    • Thanks, Ron. I appreciate it. I always strive to get a shot of the head, especially the eyes. In both cases, I had to move around, keeping myself fairly hidden, so I could get the main focusing point where I wanted it.

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