Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk Presenting Its Best Side In Flight

I realize that choosing a “best side” of this beautiful hawk might be a matter of opinion but for me this is it.

 

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 1/1250, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, canvas added for composition, not baited, set up or called in

This juvenile had just taken off from a fence post in Montana’s Centennial Valley last month and it turned to its left as it did so which presented the birds underside to my lens.  I love that stunning, fully flared tail and the excellent look at almost all of the ventral plumage.

The turn meant the bird was looking mostly away from me so there’s not much light in the eye but for me the flight pose is sufficient compensation.  Though the background may look like clouds it’s actually a mountain.

Ron

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