For a variety of reasons I haven’t been shooting much at Farmington lately but two days ago we finally had a little sun so I decided to give it a go. Birds were fairly plentiful and active but this Rough-legged Hawk was probably the most cooperative individual overall and I had several opportunities with it.
1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in
This takeoff posture is one of my favorite raptor poses. The raised wings beginning their first downbeat, the flared tail, the stretched-out legs and the spread talons all contribute to the dynamic posture that appeals to me so much. Even though the sun was out the air was still moist and thick (similar to a very thin fog) and that gives a slightly different look to both the background and the bird.
Over the next week we have a series of small storms lined up which should slowly scour our nasty and persistent inversion out of the valleys. I’m looking forward to clean air again but the storms themselves will likely keep me mostly pinned down at home with little light and few promising opportunities with birds. We’ve been in this pattern for most of two months now and I’m getting damned tired of it.
Wherever you are I hope you have light. And breathable air.