Ferruginous Hawk Close-up

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)

Ferruginous Hawk  (Buteo regalis)
Location:  near Tucson, Arizona, USA

The previous photo showed a Ferruginous Hawk in flight.    Here are some close-up photos of the same individual.  The common name, Ferruginous, refers to the bird's 'rusty' color.

The photos here, taken in quick succession, show the hawk while he was perched just a few meters away from me.   I posted both photos for a reason: If you look closely at the first, you will see a small drop of moisture at the tip of the bird's beak.  This is a product of respiration.   In the second photo, the droplet is falling, because the bird has moved its head to watch something.

I took both of these photos at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's raptor free flight display.  Here is another photo of this individual, smiling for the camera!


2sweetnsaxy said...

Okay, now that's an awesome photo. Not only is it a great shot of the bird but you even got drop of water falling from it's beak!!

Thomas L said...

Just WOW!

kml said...

You can really see him concentrating on his subject in the second shot. Well done!!

BNS said...

Thank you all.

@ Kathy - Yes, in an instant he just zeroed in on something. I never did see what it was, but something sure caught his attention.


Jinghui said...

The photos u took were sharp ! Nice colours too !

Nice photo of the Hawk ! The moisture at the tip of the bird's peak is a great capture !

Wondering if you zoom in further and take a "portrait" shot of the Hawk, how would it turn out ?

BNS said...

Hi Jinghui - That's an interesting thought about zooming in for a portrait. I only used about half the focal length of the zoom lens for these shots. Maybe I'll go back there someday and see what I can do with a longer focal length. (Good excuse to go back!)


Claire said...

Now that is gorgeous!

BNS said...

Thanks, Claire.

mon@rch said...

Stunning up close shot of a cool hawk!

BNS said...

Thank you, Mon@rch.

Ken Dobson said...

Hi Bobbie,

Just saw your comment on my site about the shots I took of the ferruginous hawk. Looks like it was definitely the same one. Glorious creatures! I believe we both came away with keeper shots.

BNS said...

Hi Ken -

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I'd say that both of us certainly did get some keeper shots of the hawk.