Project 365 / Day 27 – Red Tail Hawk


The sunny and cool days are bringing out the hawks from their hiding places. Heading over for a short hike in the woods, I passed six different hawks including a pair of Red Tail Hawks.

Luckily I had the 100-400mm L lens in the car along with the Canon 7D. Quickly changing lenses and using the settings of Aperture priority f/7.1, Auto ISO, and daylight white balance, I was able to capture this bird in flight.

Although I’ve been suspecting for some time now that this lens focusing mechanism is on the fritz again, and surely none of my photos came out crisp. Also the sensor on the camera body has water spots on it.

So the whole kit and kaboodle will be sent off to Canon service tomorrow as there are exciting birding photo opportunities planned around the corner. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!


39 thoughts on “Project 365 / Day 27 – Red Tail Hawk

  1. Nice capture of the Red Tail Hawk. Reminded me of the rounds of golf I used to play at the Redhawk Golf Club in Temecula, CA years ago. Red and Gray tail hawks used to watch our errant shots from their lofty perches around the fairways.

      • The other day we were driving back from the grocery store right near our house when I spotted a hawk or falcon sitting on toop of a tree. I had the camera so we swung around to get pics but it must have taken one look at me and took off. I’m pretty sure it laughed at me right before flying off. Smarta$S bird. 😦 😉

      • No, not the red tail hawk isn’t in Denmark.
        Danish name – latin name – and numbers of pair.

        (European Honey Buzzard) Hvepsevåge – Pernis apivorus 650-700 par
        (Red Kite) Rød Glente – Milvus milvus 73 par (2008), >100 par (2009)
        (Black Kite) Sort glente – Milvus migrans
        (Common Buzzard) Musvåge – Buteo buteo 6500 par
        (White-tailed Eagle) Havørn – Haliaeetus albicilla in Danmark 25 par i 2008 /30 par 2009
        (White-tailed Eagle) Havørn – Haliaeetus albicilla in Greenland 150 til 170 par
        (Goshawk) Duehøg – Accipiter gentilis 350 par (big decline)
        (Sparrowhawk) Spurvehøg – Accipiter nisus 3-4000 par
        (Marsh Harrier) Rørhøg – Circus aeruginosus 7-800 par
        (Hen Harrier) Blå Kærhøg – Circus cyaneus earlier 1-5 par – now disappeared
        (Montagu’s Harrier) Hedehøg – Circus pygargus 20-30 par (svinger fra år til år)
        (Golden eagles) Kongeørn – Aquila chrysaetos 2 par (2010)
        (Toed Snake Eagle) Slangeørn – Circaetus gallicus No breeding record for 150 years
        (Fish hawk) Fiskeørn – Pandion haliaetus 1 par
        (Peregrine Falcon) Vandrefalk – Falco perigrinus 3-4 par (2010)
        (Lark Hawk) Lærkefalk – Falco subbuteo 10-20 par
        (European Kestrel) Tårnfalk – Falco tinnunculus more than 3000 par


  2. We often see hawks soaring over our back field but have never been in the right spot to get such a shot. We did, however, watch one swoop and strike right outside our kitchen window and nab a hapless robin ;( Nature is always interesting, not always pretty.

    • Story of my life with this camera set. I am careful with them and haven’t used the lens much since it was serviced for the autofocus mechanism back in the summer. Strange..I’ve got a kit that’s a lemon. Now even the 500mm seems to act up a bit.

        • PHEW!!!!!

          I don’t know though…. It can get a bit wet, it’s built for it!! I take it out ALL the time in drizzle. I hike with that puppy incessantly in the rain! I mean, I’m not dunking it in the swamp, lol…. At least the pros are looking at it.

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