Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Raptors in the Yard
As I meandered near the tall grass and weeds, camera in hand, I nearly stepped on this guy. I had not seen him and he startled me as he flew off to perch on this tree. I crept back to the house to get the 300 and tried to sneak as close as I could. He posed for a couple, but I just can't hand hold the 300, even in pretty good light, and there was nothing to lean against, so it's not as sharp as I would like. Plus it's cropped from the camera to about 1/4 of the original frame to get a decent composition. I have a hard time identifying hawks, even with a still photo and Sibley's Guide to Birds in hand, but I'm pretty sure this is a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk.