red tailed hawk photos mostly

Just wrapped up a photo shoot with Fine Woodworking magazine; 2 full days in front of a camera. So I have no photos of my own from the past week in the shop, other than this one:

But I do have some good shots of a local red-tailed hawk over at the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. I’m not sure, but I think there’s 2 of these nearly-tame hawks, this one’s an adult.

It’s the most un-skittish hawk I’ve ever seen out & about. It’s also pretty reliable, I’ve seen it on several occasions. Backlit below:

But caught it on the wing in the sunlight here:

Those were a week or so ago, then today was very windy, and it came out of nowhere & landed right in front of me about 5 feet off the ground. I clicked off a bunch of shots, the light was awful, but a couple are worth having.

Here the bird was working hard to balancing in the wind.

After about 5 minutes it swooped down, made a pass over something in the grass, and re-lit on a higher pole. I left it there, and went on my way. This headless shot shows the color of the tail well.

Last one, the pale underwing/armpit area.

9 thoughts on “red tailed hawk photos mostly

  1. Peter,
    Beautiful in-flight shots. I particularly like the photo with his wings at the top of a stroke.
    Were you at home when it landed so close to you, or at the park?


  2. Great shots Peter. Look forward to seeing you at the Woodwright’s School this spring. Can’t wait to have a shot at making a box of my own.

    I’d be glad to take you out for a shoot, if there’s time and the bald eagles 🦅 are around.

  3. I think there are two–great bird shots and the armpits are the axillaries–showing off I know. Great shots of the hawk and of the visitor. And congratulations on Fine Woodworking shoot–nice. Boxes great as well.

  4. Thank you Peter pic shots made me feel like i was their. Besides being non skittish the bird looks young, it might just be me but the face looks juvenile. I love watching the wilderness and always enjoy ur birding pictures.

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