My Photo Session with a Red Tailed Hawk
I hinted the other day about another wildlife encounter we had on our exploration drive.
After we started back down in elevation a little bit, we drove through a rocky area. There were tall pinnacles on the right side of the road, and as I was looking at them I noticed a white spot that didn’t quite blend with everything else. Al stopped the truck, and I grabbed my camera with my telephoto lens. It was a hawk.
We watched him, and he watched us. He wasn’t in the best spot to get photos of him, he was blending pretty good with the background. Then he took off.
I thought for sure that was it, and he was going to fly away. But all he did was fly a short distance to another spot.
A much better spot actually. He was in perfect light, and a nice background. I was able to stay in the truck to photograph him so he didn’t fly away, and Al watched with binoculars.
He stayed there for a long time. Shaking out his feathers.
Preening and grooming.
He jumped up for a second, but came right back down in the same spot. Who was watching who?
More preening. Gotta make sure those feathers are perfect.
Then he took off, circled a little bit, and flew over the hill. This encounter was the highlight of our day.
Another bird entertained us all day, everyday. There was a meadowlark hanging out in the sagebrush by our RV. He sang all the time, I mean all the time. Except at night of course. I wanted to capture his song on a video, so I went out at sunrise and shot the mountains, and recorded his song. This is a little video I put together, I hope you enjoy it.