Backyard Red-Tailed? Hawk

Started Apr 16, 2017 | Discussions thread
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arniebook Contributing Member • Posts: 768
Backyard Red-Tailed? Hawk

I think this is a Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk … can someone confirm or re-identify for me?

The Bluebirds in my backyard are busy making little bluebirds and I am busy trying to capture some parenting moments. But this morning I was surprised by this Hawk. Expecting perched Bluebirds, I was truly not ready when it flew into a pine tree about 120ft. from me. With my 200-500 set at 200mm I was going to make sure I got something before it bolted, intending to zoom in to 500 once I did. But he saw me raise my camera and immediately took off … so all of my shots were at 210mm as I did not have time (or experience) to zoom and shoot as it flew off.

This is about a 60% crop ...

I barely got it in the frame, but the clipped wing does not bother me ... using Group-area AF with a3 set to 3 and erratic (for the nearly impossible "bluebird in flight").

Getting fed a big breakfast ...

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