Sometimes I just happen to be in the right place at the right time…. as this splendid red-tailed hawk sat there looking at me long enough for me to grab the camera.


Sadly, I wasn’t at all prepared when he took off suddenly. One more disappointing butt shot to add to the collection…. 😦


My turn shall also come:
I sense the spreading of a wing.”
― Osip Mandelstam, The Selected Poems



38 thoughts on “serendipity

  1. I’ve seen several opportunities on my travels this year to get a similar shot but wee landscapers are just to slow by the time I have stopped and got set up they are gone. I could offer a entire gallery of in the distance as getting a butt shot would be an achievement


    • I wasn’t driving, but there was someone extremely cooperative behind the wheel. He flipped a U-turn and I had the camera ready by then. The luck was having a handy spot to pull off the road close enough for this shot, yet far enough not to spook this critter- until after the above lucky shot.

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  2. I’d say the second one is also an excellent capture, Gunta…I mean, really….how often do we get to see the underside of a hawk’s foot…. πŸ™‚

    It’s a beautiful bird…and wonderfully rendered in that first one.


    • Have to admit that was one of my best. It didn’t hurt that the critter cooperated, posing in the perfect light and giving me a chance at the shot before taking off. Have to confess I think of a turkey drumstick every time I look at that thigh. πŸ˜‰


  3. I don’t know about other people but I appreciate a nice fluffy butt shot! πŸ˜€ I’m impressed by these shots actually. I know how hard it can be to get clear shots of birds of prey. I’ve always struggled and these are way better than I’ve ever taken. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Jane. I do have to admit that this is way better than any I have ever taken, too. Much of it is sheer luck, but it also means grabbing the opportunity once it presents itself. You wouldn’t believe the number of discarded shots I’ve taken to get to this one!

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  4. Fantastic photo of the hawk, Gunta — you captured the eye, the turned head, the outstretched talons and the muscular leg parts. As you mentioned in a previous comment, it is absolutely true (we learn it in birding classes) that raptors often poop right before they are going to take off. πŸ˜€


  5. I think that they’re pretty good, maybe that’s because I have so many similar ones. πŸ˜‰

    You got the light right, but the wind wrong. Larger birds like hawks almost always take off into the wind to help them get airborne. If you’d have gotten the wind right, the light would have been bad.


    • Well, at least nothing apparently came out of that end. Hope this isn’t too gross to mention, but I have seen birds poop just prior to takeoff. Perhaps he wasn’t that indignant? πŸ˜‰


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