WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – HOLEY LAND WMA, FL
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.