Stand back, there’s likely going to be a spray of dust as this post comes up – been a few days (okay, weeks) since I’ve put one of these babies out. To be honest, I’m reaching new levels of busy around here with absolutely no sign of let up until after Halloween. Last week was another big event which is finally past (yes, post to come) but all my free time at the moment is being directed towards my huge Aaaauuunold Project. However, this is NO excuse to miss a month quota so on with the show!
Today marks another appearance of bird that is secretly growing in population around here. Up until the last 3 or so years, it was common to drive miles and miles without seeing this particular bird intently scanning the ditches and fields alongside the highway. Nowadays you are likely to spot one every 5 miles or so. I cannot tell if this is an indication that rodent populations are thriving or they’re taking a page from the rabbit play book. The good news is there are plenty of opportunities to get shots of these birds of prey around here.
In case you live in a cave, this is a Red-Tailed Hawk. As mentioned, it has actually shown up a few times on this blog with the most memorable post being the snake sighting (link here). There have been a few other Phoadtography posts that had some shots as well, but none of them allowed me to get this close to the specimen. This particular set of images came from a sighting about 2 miles from my house. On my way to work I had noticed this bird hanging out in dead tree watching the cars go by, but my calendar was full and thus had to pass up the opportunity. On the return home I was giving some extra scans along the treeline to see if another opportunity might be had. Sure enough, it had taken up a position about a quarter mile closer to my home. This was too good of an omen to pass up so high tailed it to the house, grabbed the Beast and headed back. Unfortunately, it was backlit by the sun making it difficult to get the shot I wanted. 5 shots later it spotted the huge glass pointed at it and became very skittish – can you blame it? It turned away from me and took flight up and across the road. This put him in much better composition position. More cautious this time, I moved the truck up into position across from it. This worked muuuuch better.
Hit the jump to see more shots of the Red-Tailed Hawk