Ferruginous Hawk in Flight

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)

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

This is a Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis), another bird of prey featured in the raptor free flight display at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, near Tucson, Arizona.

I managed to capture this image of the hawk in flight, using my camera's Sports mode to freeze the action of this fast-moving subject.   In hindsight, I wish I had used the Shutter Priority mode, because I would have chosen a faster shutter speed than the camera's program selected.  Of course, a complicating factor was that it was very overcast, so it might have been tricky trying to balance the fast shutter speed with the amount of available light.  The bird was flying now, so I didn't have a lot of time to tinker with settings, thus I let the camera's program figure things out.



kml said...

He has a huge wing span. I hear you on the camera settings - sometimes things happen so quickly - they are the last thing on your mind!

scienceguy288 said...

That is a great shot. I am amazed at how well some people can capture nature in action.

BNS said...

@ Kathy - Yes, he was a big guy. Re camera settings, it was bad enough that I had to quickly change to the longer lens to be able to photograph this guy at all before he stopped flying around!

@ ScienceGuy - Thanks you. My favorite subjects are things in nature, and I especially like to try to capture the behavior of those subjects.