Sunday, January 30, 2011

Red-Tailed Hawk



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Red-Tailed Hawk Coming In For The Landing




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I  cropped this photo from the original photo above, so you could get a better look.



My husband and I decided to pack up the cameras and take a Saturday afternoon drive. The sky was sunny and blue when we left , but wouldn’t you know it, as we headed out of town the sky  became grey, and it started to snow, and the sun disappeared behind the blanket of grey. We decided to change our direction and headed down an old country road that we haven’t been on before. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw a rather large bird perched in a tree in the distance. I parked the van on the side of the road , and grabbed my camera which had a 55 -  250mm lens, and walked toward the bird in the distance, tromping through the deep snow. As I tried to get close enough to take a decent photo, it flew away to another tree in the distance , and so I quickly took this photo. I never did get closer and it soon flew away out of sight. I was very thankful to get to see this bird, which at that time I had no idea what it was, until I got home and looked it up in my book. I believe it to be a Red-Tailed Hawk. If I am wrong please correct me. But it does look identical to what I saw in my bird book.

Wouldn’t you know it! As we headed back towards home it was sunny with blue sky. It was a balmy – 6c degrees out. But you know I am happy because I got to see this beautiful hawk in flight, and hear it sheik as if telling me to go away, I am camera shy. I am camera shy too, but I don’t sheik. :)  This was a first for me. I have never seen a Red –Tailed Hawk up until this day. Rest assure, I will be taking that road less travelled again, Lord willing.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day. 

xx’s Dianne :)


  1. Beautiful image Dianne! We have alot of red-tailed hawks around here but like you said, they are usually camera shy and its hard to get close enough without spooking them away. Love it when they shriek!

  2. Lovely shots. Jim and I used to drive in the country looking for red-tailed hawks. They are beautiful in flight.

  3. Hi Dianne,

    Majestic picture, thanks for sharing. Have a good week - Hugs across the pond - Nita

  4. Thank you Beth and Nita. I have been having a nice quiet, relaxing, do nothing day, and it feels wonderful. But, I need to get out of these pj's and take Jesse for a walk. It is -8 and sunny here today. I think I will have a nice hot cup of tea by the fireplace, when I return from Jesse taking me for my walk. Ha!
    Hugs, Dianne :)

  5. Astounding shot, Dianne! I swear when I enlarged it I could almost hear his cry! What a prize!

  6. Excellent! The red tailed hawk is beautiful and you captured him in mid shreech. So glad you got to see him.

  7. Oh COOLNESS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am a Raptor fan anyway-- but LOVE seeing his mouth open! Great catch. xox

  8. Catching a bird like that in flight is amazing enough but the quality of this capture is really something special Dianne! Fantastic shot and what a joy to see it here on your blg!

  9. Oh wow - congrats on your capture!
    And oh boy - hope you stayed warm!!!

  10. Beautiful .. He is just Beautiful. Glad you had wonderful time out. The hawks arnt back here yet. Its -30c tonight.
    Have a great Feb. and will catch up mid March or before.
    Much Love my friend and stay warm safe and well.
    My Prayers are still with you all
    Lisa xoox

  11. Dianne, hi
    This photo is a great success!!
    His mouth is open, ready for lunch ...

  12. It is indeed a red tailed hawk! I love taking the back roads home from my sister's place in Illinois...sometimes you get to see the unexpected this beautiful sight you captured here!

  13. Awesome photos Dianne, your so lucky to be able to capture this wonderfull bird.

  14. There is nothing quite like a new sighting to warm the heart Dianne. I must say -6 wow you are brave or am I just a wimp. I feel the cold here at -2 and daytime 2c. That is a great shot he is a beauty. Enjoy your week and I hope you get the time to relax and maybe get the camera out again at the weekend. Hugs Sheila x:)

  15. Thank you all for your comments. Hope you all are staying safe, and warm, from all these winter storms we are having, cycones, and what have you. I will come and visit when I can.
    xx's Dianne :)

  16. Hello Dianne, just stopping in to say hi!
    Great photo of the hawk! I love capturing birds in flight, its so rewarding! I hear in the news you folks are getting some pretty nasty weather down east! Take care...


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