One thing about Red Shouldered Hawks, a lot of the time they let you know where they are. Their shrill cry sounds like nothing else. Then it’s just a matter of tracking them down, sometimes a lot harder than it sounds.
Other times, A friend gives you a heads up and saves you the trouble. That’s how I got onto this pair.
Above was my attempt from yesterday. Not too great! Nature photographers know that, aside from understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your camera/lens, the two things which are necessary to make great images are being close to your subject, and good light. Both affect detail which is what portrait shots are all about.
I came back the next day for another round. Not perfect, but better. The light was good and I was able to get a little closer. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to capture the two hawks together again. Maybe another day.
Same pose, different hawk. Notice the difference in the head coloration, for one thing. This might be a male/female, or an adult/juvenile.
Who doesn’t like bird-in-flight images? I live for them. These aren’t perfect either, but they do show what majestic birds these are.
Thanks for the show, RSH. See you again soon.