Red-tailed Hawk taking a bath


I have seen some peculiar things when trying to photograph the behavior of wildlife.  Last week, when driving along the Concho River, I happened to look across at the opposite shore.  I saw something that took me by surprise.  A Red-tailed Hawk was just sitting in the shallow water.  I didn’t see any prey that he might have been eating.  He was there several minutes and I had plenty of time to maneuver my car so I could get this shot out the driver’s side window.  He was about 100 yards away so I used my 500mm and 1.4 tele-converter on my Canon 7D.  I still had to crop it extensively to make this closeup.

Red-tailed Hawk bathing in Concho River.

Red-tailed Hawk bathing in Concho River.

Farther along the river, I spotted this Great Blue Heron.  He was standing on some dead wood above the surface of the water.  I love this pose.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

On the way home we spotted four Curve-billed Thrashers.  In this photo you can see the ferocity in the eyes.  But for such a fierce looking bird. their call is pretty meek sounding.

Curve-billed Thrasher

Curve-billed Thrasher

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