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.
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.
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.
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