Buteo Jamaicensis

Red Tailed Hawk

Camera: Fuji X-T1
Exposure: 1/750
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 500mm (reflex)
ISO: 800

While walking across the Stanford campus, I cut across the golf course and ran into this red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) snacking on prey.  I made this shot with the old Canon 500mm f/8 reflex lens I talked about here which is pretty impressive in its resolution.


Fly wings

This is a crop of the above image and I was stunned that you could even see the fly wings on the bird and in flight.


Hawk 2

These are amazing birds with a call that is surprisingly loud.  I sat under a tree for about 30 minutes and just watched as it fed on this squirrel and called to another red tailed hawk in the trees a short distance away.  It is moments like this that make me glad I did not rent a car and just walked from point to point.

4 Replies to “Buteo Jamaicensis”

  1. Nice lens – great detail on the flies. Your shutter speed even stopped a lot of the motion in the enlargement with the fly in flight.

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