Hawk in Flight in Holey Land WMA

"Hawk in Flight"




This is a photograph of a hawk that is in flight at the Holey Land 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, sparrow hawks, 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.


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    48 Thoughts to “Hawk in Flight in Holey Land WMA”

    1. Mike Tetrault

      Hey, I just took a bird photo too! Though yours is better.

    2. Alan Hochman

      lol Mike that looks like one of those campy 1950's sci;fi movies! Love it

    3. Howard Glatter

      You are really getting up there. kudos, it's a winner

    4. Alan Hochman

      Thanx Hesh..I'm gettin there! lol

    5. Karen Neuberg

      Amazing eyes

    6. Alan Hochman

      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!

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    9. TheOutdoorsGuy@Oceanhawk1)

      RT @Photobug52: Hawk in Flight at HoleyLand WMA http://hochmanphotography.com/2011/02/hawk-flight-holeyland-wma/

    10. mrsroadrunner

      Very nice!! Looking right at you too!

    11. Rory.S

      great photo, beautiful eyes

    12. Shayz

      Absolutely Gorgeous!

    13. Robert Stalnaker

      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.

    14. Mia McPherson

      Wow, that Osprey looks intense!

    15. JasonW

      I\’m totally jealous of your work!

    16. Erin

      I love your photos especially the Hawk!

    17. Alan S. Hochman

      Hi Erin, Glad you liked that photo. It’s one of my favorites!

    18. Nature Tim

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

    19. Alan S. Hochman

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

    20. Kenny7

      Did you go to school for this???

    21. cheryl

      Fantastic shot Alan.

    22. Stacy21

      Great shot! He’s staring at you?

    23. Alan S. Hochman

      Maybe sizing me up for dinner? lol

    24. Jean476

      Fantastic photo! How close was it from you?

    25. Lisa Greenwald

      Breathtakingly gorgeous!

    26. Alicia Corolla

      That is the perfect capture!!!

    27. Anthony

      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

    28. Satish Sharma

      Nature is GOD and needs our complete devotion.

    29. Olly

      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!

    30. Alan S. Hochman

      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.

    31. Shelly B

      Remarkable capture!!

    32. Alan S. Hochman

      Thank you Shelly. I’m proud of that pic.

    33. Julie

      hi I love the look of this bird flying in freedom

    34. Alan S. Hochman

      Thank you Julie!

    35. It’s not a hawk….it’s an Osprey. 🙂

    36. Rolly

      Nice sharp photo. The eyes are nice & clear.

    37. Hey Alan – great shot. Just so you know, this is an Osprey, not a hawk. :0)
      Keep the great work coming!

      The Falconlady

    38. petar

      amazing photo… :)))

    39. Jim Welke

      You take outstanding photos! If these don’t convince people to preserve the planet, I don’t know what will.

      BTW, the bird in this shot looks a lot like a short-eared owl: https://www.google.com/search?q=short-eared+owl&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb

    40. Jim Welke

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

      Thanks again for the stunning images.

    41. This is an osprey, not a hawk.

    42. Kathleen Norris

      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!

    43. Alan S. Hochman

      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! 🙂

    44. Hi Alan.
      Definitely an Osprey.

    45. Alan S. Hochman

      Thank you Michele

    46. Sally

      That’s a truly stunning image – thanks for sharing.
      I took some photos of a little own recently – they are at:http://www.cliftongrovebirds.co.uk – unfortunately the area is earmarked for gravel extraction so the birds there are under threat 🙁

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