Sociable Raptor

While I was photographing the Big Spring, my husband noticed this red-shouldered hawk on a branch about twelve feet up in a nearby tree. I quickly changed lens and snapped off a couple of shots before I began slowly walking toward him. Every ten feet or so, I would stop and take a couple more shots. I thought at some point the hawk would fly, but he stayed put. When I got halfway to him, his eyes focused on me, and watched me as I approached. When I got about ten feet from him, he started chirping to me. I continued on, stopping just below him, shooting all the while. He posed for me for about ten minutes, keeping up a continuous conversation. It was by far the most thrilling bird encouter I have ever had.

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Val Hightower Val Hightower

Taken 10:50 AM on January 25, 2019
Uploaded 3:30 AM on March 12, 2019
Posted in Wildlife
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • ƒ/7.1
  • 1/400 sec.
  • 250 mm
  • 100 ISO
Cotter, AR
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