Photography by J.D. Magers

Portfolio Book Image: Swainson's Hawk

Added on by J.D. Magers.

Raptors are my favorite bird.  Especially Hawks.  And Kestrel's.  But before I saw my first Kestrel, I had always been trying to get an image of a hawk.  And not one sitting on a telephone pole either.  Those are boring.  I wanted one in a tree, with a nice clean background.  It took six years.

It is virtually impossible to sneak up on a hawk.  Even if you're behind it, they always seemingly fly off when you take your first step towards them.  So imaging my surprise when I saw this beautiful juvenile Swanson's Hawk sitting on a tree stump just off the side of the road on my way to Barr Lake.  He even stayed there when I hit the breaks and pulled over.  He was very patient with me as shot, but I didn't really move more than 10 feet away from the jeep so as not to scare him away.  As such, this is cropped pretty good, but I finally had my hawk image.  

I just love the way he (or she) is staring right into the camera.  Clearly I'm being assessed for a potential threat, but since I didn't even try to approach, I guess I was okay.  I can't wait to get close to one again.  So pretty.