A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Red-tailed Hawk

 This handsome fellow and I had fun along the fog shrouded peninsula road of
Point Reyes National Seashore.
He would be perched on a fence pole...

I would get a picture then he would fly off...
and land again two fence poles further down the road.
I'd creep up slowly in the car, take a picture and off he would fly again, two poles down the road.
We kept this up for a quarter of a mile or so until he located another fence line further away from the road and me, and there we ended our little game.

These pictures all were very muddy with the poor lighting due to the thick fog. I am very surprised how much my photo program was able to clean them up, providing some clarity.
All pictures were shot with a 70-300mm VR Nikon lens set at 300mm.

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  1. love his feather gridwork on his back! beautiful 'tag' mate.

  2. He is very handsome indeed!
    A photo can be special even though it isn't techinically perfect.

  3. excellent capture, this past spring a youngster was living at the refuge. He/she hadn't learned to fear humans. Got some awesome shots of it.

    I agree, it's all about the fun! Enjoy!

  4. Even in the dense fog I'd say you cleaned the pics up quite nicely! 70-300mm lens, I think that is becoming a more popular lens with excellent results...

  5. Lovely images of a beautiful bird.


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  7. Beautiful shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. Great photos of the Hawk in the fog. The in-flight one is especially interesting.

  9. it's always a game of cat and mouse! great bird!

  10. Cool sighting of the hawk! They are great photos.

  11. Oh, one of my favorites. You did exceptionally well for the conditions.

  12. I'll tell ya John, I take a lot of pictures. Thousands. And yet I live by this photographic maxim: It only takes one. And your lead picture is that one. Masterful. This was a tough assignment and a exciting chance to reel in something great. The results are wonderful to see!

  13. Do you now the song "Red tailed hawk" by Kate Wolf? Lovely accompaniment to your suite of photos.

  14. Hi there - for all the "perfect" shots we see everyday - needle sharp and clear - they dont seem to have the feel of real life like the first picture here. I'm as guilty as the next man for trying to get "guide book" shots - so your shows what else is possible.

    Stewart M - Australia

  15. I love the third photo - his push off. the fog lends some atmosphere to the photos, but I know what you mean about the noise. you did an excellent job with these. the last photo is a fave too.

  16. I love the "picture story" of your chasing game with this Hawk.


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