A Tale of Perseverance (and a new Gallery)

Red-Tailed HawkTo view the gallery of these photographs please click on: Red-Tailed Hawk

As we crossed a bridge in a popular nature reserve we passed some people watching some birds in the pond beside it. I looked over the gully on the other side and high up in a tree but only a bit higher than the bridge was a hawk. Apparently this juvenile had been sighted a few times, but it was my first view up close of a hawk. My lens could have been longer. We came back another day and were told that the bird had killed a green heron but we could not find him. On our next visit he was again in the gully but further along and there was only one good vantage point, which my wife, and another photographer and I had to share to get our shots. I was armed with a longer lens this time. We visit this reserve frequently so on another trip as we drove away we saw him swooping over the adjacent farm fields too far away to shoot. The last time we spotted him we were walking around not seeing much, when down a hill we saw him preening on a signpost. The photograph above is from that series. I particularly like this photograph because it reminds me of Napoleon’s Imperial Eagle, that the Grande Army marched under.

Shooting big birds is somewhat easier than smaller birds. I find the biggest issue is the background and making sure the bird stands out against it. In the excitement of the moment it’s easy to forget to check the exposure and other settings but the discovery alone is worth the journey.

15 responses

  1. Beautiful, Thanks and Love, nia


    June 29, 2014 at 2:24 am

  2. Bird photography is addictive and needs lots of practice. I still get carried away and forget to check settings when a great bird is in the viewfinder!


    June 29, 2014 at 6:25 am

  3. Beautiful shot of a majestic animal! Well done


    June 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

  4. Nelson

    I love the last one where the hawk take off from the post


    June 29, 2014 at 9:29 am

  5. We have a lot of red-tailed hawks here. Beautiful shots of them. Oh and btw, I like your new logo. 🙂


    June 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    • Thanks – new Logo?


      June 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      • Isn’t your gravatar new? Or have I just not noticed it in WP all these months! Don’t answer that, lol.


        June 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

  6. Nice and sharp and great separation between the subject and background. Not great a photographing birds mainly because I don’t do it enough.


    June 30, 2014 at 4:41 am

    • Thanks. I feel the same way abut landscapes, which I am just getting back into.


      June 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

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