David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Red-shoulder Hawk – Surprise

After slowly walking around Brazos Bend State Park 40-Acre Lake, Doug Haass and I were about to leave the trail.  Doug quickly said hawk and pointed to the tree.  Not sure why the hawk didn’t spook because we walked up real close to its perch.  Both of use slowly got into a better position for a better appearance.  Well, he decided to hang around a little while.  My tripod wasn’t set up for the shots causing my back to almost holler uncle.  When I was about to straighten up and adjust the tripod he took off – away from us much to my dismay.  What happen next was real odd.  He flew, without slowing down, right into an oak tree which was more like a thick bush and almost disappeared.  One wing was spread out as the rest of his body was into the thick branches.  I thought he was going to break a wing or hurt himself with the force he landed.

As quickly as he flew into the tree he came out.  I totally missed his exit.  After coming out he turns directly towards us which surprised me.  He’s coming fast and filling my frame.  The D4 is set for 10fps and I only manage 6 shots.  Three were fully in the frame.  Not sharp to my liken but I will share.  Ahhhh, what a rush!

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1000, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/800, EV -0.67, ISO 500


8 responses to “Red-shoulder Hawk – Surprise

  1. Doug Haass June 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Nice job on all of these David. That really was strange the way it just dove into the limbs like that. I’m guessing it was a squirrel or bird it was aiming for, but didn’t come up with anything. Love the head on shots. I was on 5 point (1 with 4 surround) and lost it after coming out of the branches so fast.

  2. lylekrahn June 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful shots, especially the last one. Wouldn’t it be nice to anticipate correctly? I can certainly understand the rush.

  3. dda53 June 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks Lyle. I agree, it would really be something to always anticipate the correct move. I’m not always right but over time I have gotten better.

  4. Mary Strong-Spaid June 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    What an awesome bird this is!

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