« on: October 08, 2013, 06:44:59 PM »
Luck is a huge element in getting a shot like that juvenile Red Tail. Down here in extreme southern Arizona, the hawks love to perch on utility poles. Photographing them is a matter of finding a rural road in open desert and looking for the hawks. They're pretty easy to spot. But, the problem is that they're not terribly fond of people walking up to them and snapping pictures, so, they usually fly as soon as you get within about 25 yards. Often, they fly in the wrong direction -- into the sun, for example -- or before you can get set up, or with a maze of power lines between you and them. It's that one bird in 15 or 20 that flies toward you with the light at your back that you hope for. I took this shot on a day when a friend and I spent 8 hours stalking hawks. We saw dozens of them, I took about 400 photos, and this is the one really good shot of the day.