Hawk in Flight in Holey Land WMA

"Hawk in Flight"

HOLEY LAND WMA, FL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

This is a photograph of a hawk that is in flight at the HoleyLand Wildlife Management Area on the Broward/Palm Beach County line in Florida.  Camera gear used was a Nikon d90 DSLR camera with an attached Tamron 28-300mm lens and 2x teleconverter. The subject was spotted on an electric utility pole and was captured just as it was taking flight.

Hawks are a group of medium-sized diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. Hawks are widely distributed and vary greatly in size. The subfamily Accipitrinae includes goshawks, sparrowhawks, sharp-shinned hawks and others. This subfamily are mainly woodland birds with long tails and high visual acuity.

These birds of prey are also known as buzzard hawks and red hawks. By any name, they are keen-eyed and efficient hunters. Red-tails prefer open areas, such as fields or deserts, with high perching places nearby from which they can watch for prey.

Subject Photo exif Data

Camera Make and Model NIKON D90

Photo taken on January 30, 2011, 4:04 am

Focal Length 300mm

Shutter Speed 1/320

Aperture @ƒ/8

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48 thoughts on “Hawk in Flight in Holey Land WMA

  1. Hi Karen..Yes they surely are! I like the size of its talons! I have a small hawk in my backyard that is eating all of the doves. They really are swift birds!

  2. 急にフォローされてビックリしたけれど、こんな写真が沢山見られるんだったらうれしい…でも、お礼は英語か…orz Hawk in Flight in HoleyLand WMA http://t.co/l7KXl8t via @photobug52

  3. The subject looks to be an osprey, not a hawk (most use hawk to refer to a buteo or accipiter). Raptors in flight are difficult and top lighting can be problematic. Very nice timing and image.

  4. Great photo, I find capturing a good photo of birds of prey especially difficult as there so wary of humans.

  5. Absolutely true! And most times when they are in flight, they are too far out of range or you just get a dark sllhouette

  6. Hi Alan,

    I like you photography work. Have you ever photographed in East Africa? I am an armature photographer myself and I have a lot to learn.

    Anyway good stuff

  7. Hi Alan, I heard really bad things about teleconverters – do most of your shots come out like this or are they generally worse? I have to say it’s a great photo, one I’m quite envious of!

  8. Hi Olly, this Tamron 2x teleconverter was a gift, and the only one I’ve ever used. They work best with a lot of light present.

  9. OK, I just read the comments by others… must be an Osprey 😉

    Thanks again for the stunning images.

  10. Hi Alan! Just came across your site-Awesome! Some saying not a hawk but Osprey. Think it’s an “American Kestrel” see “Birds in Flight” pg 123. What do U think?
    Ospreys have a bend in wings & much longer.
    Happy Birding All!

  11. Hi Kathleen-
    I don’t think it is an American Kestrel. This raptor had a larger wingspan and body, but I’m a photographer and not an ornithologist! 🙂

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