Raptors - Ryan Taylor


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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Beavercreek, Ohio

"It is within nature that I simultaneously lose myself and find myself at the same time."

One of my final captures of 2018 on a chilly December at high noon. This hawk was spotted in my backyard perched on the bird feeder poles I have set up. While this was my first glimpse of it, I am under the assumption that it flushed out any songbirds at the feeder a while before I found it. This is an image that I would've never of gotten if it weren't for my watchful brother. Another happy accident. I was about to take a shower when he yelled about a hawk in the backyard. Wearing the lightest of clothes and no socks or shoes. I rush into my living room office to grab my 150-600mm and a camera body. Without a second thought I rush to the back room and see it fly towards the next backyard away from ours. Though I was told the hawk had a mouse in its talons, I can't be too sure. In the next backyard it perched on this old installed pool fence where it gave me a nasty look and stayed around for a few minutes before taking off. Raptors come around my backyard from time to time like this. My brother can take all the credit for this one.

One thing to note is the way the focus drops out in the background. To me this conveys the dizzying feeling I had trying to take the shot before it got away. I find the bokeh very pleasing in this application. Overall the complimentary earthtone colors work well.

A lesson learned, be quick on your feet for any photo opportunity as they arise. Also it pays off to know your camera in hand and to know your gear and settings well enough to work under pressure. Without quick thinking of the dials and switches this would've been a blurry waste of an image. Knowledge is power.

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