I got a chance to go to take a trip a local lake and do some birding recently. I was hoping to see some birds of prey (Bald Eagle, Red Tailed Hawk, etc…) and so when I saw a Red-Tail Hawk flying around, I was really eager to get some pictures. I have never photographed birds of prey, but I wanted to try anyways, and what better way to learn than doing!
Here are some pictures I took of the Hawk in flight:
I also wanted to get some pictures of this guy on the ground, so after he landed I went into stealth mode. I had trouble at first. I thought I was being real sneaky, and was creeping up on him, crawling around a hill, thinking he couldn’t see me. Well, the next thing I know, he decides that he HAS seen me, and he has seen quite enough of me, so packs his bags and flies about 50 yards away. This continued for a while… I would get close, he would take off… I would get closer, he would take off again. This charade was kept up until It was time for us to get going and head home.
Here are a few pictures I got during the chase:
On the drive home I kept seeing more hawks! I I don’t know how many we saw, but its a short 20 minute drive, so it seemed like a lot. We were almost home when we saw another Red-Tailed sitting about 20 feet away from the road, on what we thought was a rabbit. I had my dad pull in a driveway a little ways down, and tried to get some pictures.
Here are a few pics of this Red-Tail:
So as I was sitting there in the car, and lo and behold, another Red-Tail flies up and lands on a telephone post next to us (I was thinking ‘I need to wake up! this is such a crazy dream!’).
Here is a picture of that Red-Tail:
I finally scared the both of them away, but got some nice pictures in the process:
All in all, It was a great day to go birding, and I am even more amazed at the magnificence and majesty of a Red-Tailed Hawk, then I was even this morning!