Red-tailed Hawk Images From Brigantine

A series of Red-Tailed Hawk images from a previous trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ. I got quite a few images of this hawk which seemed very content to pose for me. Usually they fly off, but I was quite a distance away so it did not fly off. I was using a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1DmkIV.

Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk From Brigantine

I am still going through backup drives for images to post here. These are from a trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in March of 2014. We were out of the car along the 2 way section of the Wildlife Drive when I noticed a hawk on one of the treetops. I am not great at ID’ing hawks, but I believe it is a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk. Let me know if I am wrong! Anyway, it posed for me for quite a while. I slowly moved closer, little by little & did not want to bother it or scare it off. I was able to get some interesting images before others gathered to see what I was photographing and got to close to the tree it was on. Here are a few of the images taken as I was slowly getting closer until others noticed what I was photographing and scared the hawk off. All images were taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIII, handheld.

Hawk FlyBy

During a walk at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge this hawk did a fairly close fly-by as we were walking on the trails. I was able to get a few shots as it went by using a 100-400mm lens @ 400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter. The featured image was as it was almost overhead giving me a better image.

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Hawk Tree Top Take-Off

Hawk in Tree_v2_Brigantine_400mm 20D_v1MG_3549-2We noticed a hawk in the trees by the turnaround along the two way section of the Wildlife Drive at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge In Oceanville, NJ.  I was photographing the hawk as it was looking around and also at me. Then it moved to the top of another tree. After a while it flew off and was able to get a few shots of the takeoff. I was using a Canon 7D with a Canon 400mm DO lens and Canon 1.4x Teleconverter. (FIeld of View – sort of equivalent would be 896mm on Full Frame Camera). I always have trouble ID’ing hawks. Do not know why. Let me know!

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Hawk starring at me while I was photographing it.

 

Immature Red-tailed Hawk

We drove down to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville, NJ to see how the refuge has survived our heavy handed Winter so far. When we got there we found what I think is an Immature Red-tailed Hawk in the trees along the Wildlife Drive. He attracted quite an audience as he moved from treetop to treetop along the way. He seemed to be posing for photos and was not bothered by the group watching him. Some closeup images are cropped into from my full adjusted master files.

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Posing – Looking Pretty for the Cameras
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS Lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter Series III, f/8 @ 1/1600 sec, ISO 400, handheld

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Keeping a Watchful Eye
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS Lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter Series III, f/8 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, handheld

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Stretching my Wings
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS Lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter Series III, f/8 @ 1/1600 sec, ISO 400, handheld

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Getting Bored with the Watchers
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS Lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter Series III, f/8 @ 1/800 sec, ISO 400, handheld

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What’s Happening This Way
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS Lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter Series III, f/8 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, handheld

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