This Meadowhawk was visiting the pond and stayed for a while. In New Jersey, this could be one of 4 different Meadowhawks, which they say cannot be identified in the field. They seem to list them as “Eastern” Cherry-faced Meadowhawks, which seems to cover a few types. It has a very vibrant coloring and textures and was fun to photograph.
One of four possible Meadowhawks, but they seem to refer to them as “Eastern” Cherry-faced Meadowhawks. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens, 36mm Extension Tube, Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, Canon 550 Flash w/Better Beamer Flash Extender, flash dialed in to – 2 stops, f/8, 1/200 sec, -0.33 exposure compensation, ISO 1250