Backyard Late Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Red-Tailed Hawk
I saw this large bird in the trees way back from the house. I quickly got some shots with a Nikon D3x camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. This was my highest resolution long distance setup at the time. The images are 100% crops after being processed with Capture One Pro and Focus Magic.
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.