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I don’t have too much to say about today’s image. It’s just a very nice photo of a Red-tailed Hawk, that I made on a recent morning this autumn as the hawk perched on a low mesquite tree.
It’s a sure sign of autumn in southern Arizona when Red Tails begin showing up in fairly large numbers. We have a year-round population of these big buteos but that population grows substantially with the arrival of cooler weather. Hawks from all over the western United States come to Arizona to take advantage of our mild winters and the fact that our rodent population remains active year round.
I like this dorsal view of the Red Tail because it shows off the plumage on the bird’s back, with its species-distinctive white “bleach marks.” I also like it because the hawk’s eye is brightly illuminated by the morning sun even though much of the face and neck are in shadow.
Image made with a Canon R5, Canon EF 400mm f4 DO II lens+Canon 1.4x telextender, M setting (auto ISO), ISO 1250, f5.6 @ 1/4000, +1 1/3 stops exposure compensation.