29-July-2012

Red-Tailed Hawk Looking for Dinner.

I was wondering why the rabbits and squirrels were being scarce this afternoon. The song birds were making a lot of noise, more than usual late in the afternoon. Then I saw this Red-tailed Hawk keeping watch above the backyard. I grabbed the first camera & telephoto lens to capture it both watching the yard, then as it started a dive. It went behind some trees, so I didn’t see if it caught dinner.

Red Tailed Hawk Looking for Dinner in My Backyard. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red Tailed Hawk Looking for Dinner in My Backyard. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red Tailed Hawk Looking for Dinner in My Backyard. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red Tailed Hawk Looking for Dinner in My Backyard. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

Leave a Reply