Our new resident raptor.
Sat in the stand of trees on the west side of the house for an hour, sunning, preening, watching the fields from it's perch. I watched the whole time hoping for an in flight photo. Nope, flew off to the south keeping the trees between us. I don't actually have the correct lens for bird images, (I've yet had a need to shoot a wedding with a 600 mm lens) but I love vintage warbird aircraft, P51's P40's,Corsairs, and birds of prey, possibly because of the similarities, the nimbleness and agility, the soaring to heights and the dive of attack...
Anyway our hawk returned, farther away, almost as if knowing the limitations of my lens, (yet honestly it was because of the better perch of a new field of possibilities). So, I waited patiently, another 20 minutes.
Everything I wanted, an image the captured just taking flight from a perch, the sunshine, the color (oh man, look at the tail feathers!), the landscape, the beauty and sheer wonder of the nature of where we live. Tack sharp, no. Pleasing and emotional, yup.
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