An Amazing Encounter with Nature – A Red Tailed Hawk

It has been a number of months since I’ve shared photos on my blog. I have still been visiting local nature areas during the fall and early winter and have taken dozens of photos. Somehow, they just never made it to my blog. Life has been getting in the way!

Recently, I had an amazing experience at Lynde Shores in Whitby. I noticed a red-tailed hawk perched on a 3 foot high stump about 10 feet away. With my 100 – 400 mm lens, I actually had to back off to fit this magnificent creature into the frame. The hawk sat there, intent on some small prey in the grass and leaves, for at least 10 minutes. Snap, snap, snap……It was a grey day so the images are a bit “flat” but that was the closest that I have ever been to a hawk and it is unlikely that I will again.  I hope you enjoy these shots of this hawk in his natural surroundings.  Your comments would be appreciated….

Perched for Portraits

Perched for Portraits

A real "poser"!

A real “poser”!

Red Tailed Hawk at Lynde Shores, Whitby.

Red Tailed Hawk at Lynde Shores, Whitby.

Is he looking at me as prey?

Is he looking at me as prey?

I can now delete about 200 previous hawk photographs from my computer!

 

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About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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19 Responses to An Amazing Encounter with Nature – A Red Tailed Hawk

  1. Debi says:

    Beautiful pictures! Great shots

  2. Lovely shots . Nice of him/her to pose in the perfect spot.

  3. redbootsdancing says:

    Gorgeous creature. So love the profile shot of his back and his lovely red tail.

  4. Loreen says:

    These are terrific! The second one could be captioned “Here’s looking at you, kid!” Who knew Red Tailed Hawks had such expressive faces? Amazing shots!

  5. Jocelyne says:

    They are magnificent, they took my breath away ! Especially the first one. I’m so glad to see photos from you, I was wondering if you would post again. I’m sure some of these photos will enter contests in your photography club, they are simply amazing 🙂
    A happy new year to you and your family !

    • Thank you, Jocelyn. I believe I just waited a bit too long to post and then couldn’t get back to it.
      For entries at our camera club, the bird ones that score best, seem to be those with very simple blurred backgrounds, Personally, I like the ones which show a bird or animal’s natural habitat. Some, like these are probably better for one of my bird books or my blog! Happy New Year to you. too.

  6. Your encounter was nothing short of miraculous. Exceptional photos!

  7. Super cool shot, Jane. I love the profile view with his beautiful back feathers and gorgeous red tail. Eveline

  8. Gloria Tuerk says:

    Jane – Absolutely beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.

  9. Ginette Purser says:

    The photos are spectacular! What a treat for you!

    Ginette Sent from my iPhone

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  10. Linda says:

    What a magnificent creature. Great shots.

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