To think that a few years ago I could not have identified a red tailed hawk! Sure I knew what a hawk was, but I had no idea what was what. A funny note--my first photo of an eagle I thought was a red tailed hawk. I thought all bald eagles had white heads, and my bird did not have a white head. So, I proudly announced my find as a red tailed hawk, and oops, no, it was a juvenile bald eagle. Apparently they don't get white heads until about two years old. Reading about that in a book would not have the same impact as going through the experience.
There are many more red tailed hawks in Memphis than there are eagles, so a couple of different times I have managed to get decent photos of them. The most recent experience was last week, when I managed to follow one around Shelby Farms for about an hour. In cases like this, I take as many photos as possible, and then delete all but the best dozen or so. Here are a few of the red tailed hawk photographs that I kept, and what I particularly liked about these photos.
Have fun. Oh, and this is a lot more fun than taking photos of animals in a zoo or otherwise in captivity..........at least for me.
First, I liked this one because it showed of its claws and was walking up the tree.
In general I would rather have a photo of a hawk in a tree than on the ground, but I liked the wings outstretched in this photo.
This was a pretty easy choice. Who doesn't love a hawk turning his head around 180 degrees?
Hawks can also look up!
This is also classic pose. Furthermore, the hawk is in filtered sun, there are no limbs in the way, and there is decent bokeh (blur) in the background.