After the hour was up and the teacher had left, I decided to stick around and practice some more in the hopes that I'd remember at least most of what she taught me. Just as I was packing up to leave, I looked up and there was this gorgeous Red-tailed Hawk sitting in the tree above my car. It must've heard I was looking for model subjects and decided to be extremely cooperative and not move. There were a few branches/leaves in the way so I can't say the shots are quite as good as I wanted them to be, but they were certainly better than most everything I'd done before this.
Normally, I don't get to see these guys this close up. They are usually perched on the freeway light posts and I go zooming by them at 65+ mph. It's great to see the beautiful detail and patterning in their feathers.
Clearly, this bird knew I was there and was keeping an eye on me, but didn't seem too bothered by my presence.
Wish I'd been able to get rid of that blurry bit of leaves in the lower left, but when I maneuvered around the tree, I just ended up with more branches/leaves in the way. This was the clearest vantage point.
This was the last shot I got before he took off. He's just starting to lean forward a little bit before launching.
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